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BIOphysics of MIcrobe-Microplastic Interactions and Colonization

Project description

Understanding the impact of microplastics on aquatic microbes

For better or worse, plastics have become omnipresent in our lives. Whether carried by the wind and rain or resulting from improper industrial management, millions of tons of land-based debris and resulting microplastics are finding their way into marine and freshwater environments each year, threatening our aquatic ecosystems. While much of the focus has been on larger animals and plants, the impact of microplastics on microbial ecosystems is equally important. Microplastics impact microbial life and the services microbes provide as microorganisms play a role in the degradation of debris. The EU-funded BIOMIMIC project is developing a mechanistic description of microbe–microplastic encounters. It will elucidate the behavioural, physiological and biomolecular responses of representative bacteria and algae to microplastics to help us better address this pressing global challenge.

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UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Net EU contribution
€ 178 320,00
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2 Avenue De L'universite
4365 Esch-sur-alzette
Luxembourg

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Region
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00