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Quantification of the participation of soils in the microplastic pollution cycle and evidence based model analysis of atmosphere to ocean soil microplastic interaction

Project description

Digging deeper into soil plastic pollution

What happens once micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) get in our soils? Are they transported by run-off or pushed deeper into the soil? What is the effect of the chemicals leached from MNPs on soil microbiome, air and receiving river ecosystems? Many of these chemicals (such as flame retardants) never break down but continue to cycle in the food chain. What is the threshold before irreversible damage occurs, and have we passed it? The EU-funded PlastiSol project will answer these questions. It will study a cross-section of different land use soils’ MNPs and associated leachates and the processes that contain or transport these pollutants. Project work will advance MNP pollution science beyond considering soil as a sink.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Net EU contribution
€ 290 084,16
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY
New Zealand
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Private Bag 4800
8140 Christchurch

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 177 617,28