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Akvaplan-niva and NIVA workshop on Microplastics

Posted on 11/06/2015 • News Categories: Featured News


Calanus copepod with ingested microplastics<br><span>Image by Matthew Cole</span>

Recently there has been increasing attention to the vast amounts of ocean litter, while less is known about microplastics. These are tiny plastic particles less than 5 mm contained in cosmetics and other consumer products and from the breakdown of larger plastic litter.

On 27-28 May Akvaplan-niva and NIVA organised a workshop in Oslo to discuss the threats of microplastics to marine ecosystems and human health. The event was sponsored by the Research Council of Norway and the Fram Centre.

Claudia Halsband from Akvaplan-niva is leading a project in the Fram Centre Flagship Research Program “Hazardous substances”, titled:

Microplastics in arctic marine food chains; biological uptake pathways and socio-economic consequences.

Claudia is also a co-author of several publications on microplastics. Here is the link to a review article on microplastics research:

Review article

In addition:
Cole, M., Lindeque, P.K.; Fileman, E.S., Halsband, C., Galloway, T. (2015). The impact of polystyrene microplastics on feeding, function and fecundity in the marine copepod Calanus helgolandicus. Environmental Science & Technology 49(2), 1130-1137

Nerland, I. L., Halsband, C., Allan, I., Thomas, K.V. (2014). Microplastics in marine environments: Occurrence, distribution and effects. REPORT SNO. 6754-2014. Norwegian Environment Agency

Cole, M., Webb, H., Lindeque, P.K., Fileman, E.S., Halsband, C., Galloway, T. (2014). Isolation of microplastics in biota-rich seawater samples and marine organisms. Nature Scientific Reports 4, 4528

Cole, M., Lindeque, P.K.; Fileman, E.S., Halsband, C., Goodhead, R., Moger, J., Galloway, T. (2013). Microplastic ingestion by zooplankton. Environmental Science & Technology 47, 6646−6655

Cole, M., Lindeque, P., Halsband, C., Galloway, T. (2011). Microplastics as contaminants in the marine environment: a review. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62, 2588-2597

Microplastic fibres identified in the marine environment<br />
Image by Snap-40 by M.Danny25 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snap-40.jpg#/media/File:Snap-40.jpg

Links:

http://www.framsenteret.no/hvor-blir-det-av-plasten.5764770-146437.html#.VW1yz0-eDGc

http://www.framsenteret.no/framogram-38-microscopic-marine-litter.5764804-146436.html#.VW1y50-eDGc

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