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Plastic microfibre ingestion by deep-sea organisms

Taylor, ML and Gwinnett, C and Robinson, LF and Woodall, LC (2016) 'Plastic microfibre ingestion by deep-sea organisms.' Scientific Reports, 6 (1). ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Plastic waste is a distinctive indicator of the world-wide impact of anthropogenic activities. Both macro- and micro-plastics are found in the ocean, but as yet little is known about their ultimate fate and their impact on marine ecosystems. In this study we present the first evidence that microplastics are already becoming integrated into deep-water organisms. By examining organisms that live on the deep-sea floor we show that plastic microfibres are ingested and internalised by members of at least three major phyla with different feeding mechanisms. These results demonstrate that, despite its remote location, the deep sea and its fragile habitats are already being exposed to human waste to the extent that diverse organisms are ingesting microplastics.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 10:51
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 10:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20897

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