Microplastic pollution: a real threat to the environment?

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There has been many publications recently highlighting the ubiquitous presence of microplastics in the marine environment, but fewer papers reporting the potential impact of these novel contaminants. This talk aims to summarise the extent of microplastics pollution internationally, the issues involved in microplastic research and to focus on the known and suspected impacts of microplastics on marine and freshwater organisms.

Dr Brian Quinn has co-authored the only book dedicated to microplastics (Microplastic Pollutants (2016) Elsevier) and has authored several published articles on various aspects of microplastic contamination ranging from method development for sample (biological and sediment) separation and quantification and the uptake and impact of microplastics on aquatic organisms.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2017
EventSETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting: Bridging the Gap between Science and Governance - Santa Cecilia University, Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: 7 Sept 201710 Sept 2017


SeminarSETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting
Abbreviated titleSLA 2017
CitySantos, Sao Paulo
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  • Microplastics
  • Review


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