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understanding PLAstic pollutioN effects on the biogeochemical cycle of ElemenTs

Project description

Examining the indirect ecological effects of plastic pollution

Plastic and microplastic pollution pose a global environmental and societal concern, and indirect ecological effects are unexplored. Laboratory evidence suggests a binding between metals and altered plastics, whose interaction can be amplified in environmental conditions due to mechanical, UV and biological degradations during plastic ageing. Moreover, plastics can change the budget and cycling of nutrients, micronutrients and toxic metals in different environments. The EU-funded PLANET project will conduct artificial plastic ageing experiments on selected polymers, characterise alterations of plastic surface physicochemical properties, run sorption tests with ions and metals, build a mathematical frame describing this interaction and implications for ions/metals distribution in the environment, and assess model predictions in sediments/water column microcosms to enable inference for ecological effects at different scales.

Coordinator

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING
Net EU contribution
€ 202 158,72
Address
Okernveien 94
0579 Oslo
Norway

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 202 158,72