Microplastic

 

Plastikmüll in Gewässern Hochsee-, Küstengewässer und Binnengewässer sind mit Kunststoffteilen verschiedenster Größen verunreinigt

Microplastics or even nanoplastics in seas and oceans represents an unexpected and alarming turn in this environmental challenge. Microplastics are defined as plastic fragments typically smaller than 5 mm, able to pass through wastewater treatments plants, accumulating on shorelines and eventually reaching marine ecosystems.

There, such fragments remain unaltered, representing a serious risk not only for marine flora and fauna, but also for human health.

 

Single Particle Explorer and its unique sampling technique is used to identify plastic fragments isolated from food and environmental samples to study the various sources of different microplastics.