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Plastic impacts on Ocean's biogeochemical cycles in the Anthropocene

Project description

Study throws light on how microplastics affect the oceans’ biogeochemical cycles

Plastic pollution is an increasingly present threat to marine ecosystems. When microscopic particles (microplastics) are discarded into waterways, they can interact with microbial communities and alter their distribution and activity. In addition, they can perturb the biogeochemical cycling events in which microbes participate. The EU-funded PLOCEAN project will combine field observations and theoretical studies to investigate how microplastics affect the microbes’ ability to transform organic compounds. The project will use cutting-edge polymer characterisation and metagenomics techniques to study plastic-specific microbial communities, their contribution to organic particles' ageing and their interaction with organic matrices. An important part of the work will be devoted to outreach activities and citizen science.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geochemistry/biogeochemistry
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 264 669,12

Partners (1)

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
United States
Address
Glades Road 777
33431 0991 Boca Raton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments