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New publication: Dissolved organic carbon leaching from plastics stimulates microbial activity in the ocean

Approximately 5.25 trillion plastic pieces are floating at the sea surface. The impact of plastic pollution on the lowest trophic levels of the food web, however, remains unknown. Here we show that plastics release dissolved organic carbon (DOC) into the ambient seawater stimulating the activity of heterotrophic microbes. Our estimates indicate that globally up to…
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CleanAtlantic at the Commonwealth Marine Science Event

Cefas raised awareness of CleanAtlantic on their Marine Litter stand at The Commonwealth Marine Science Event, which was held at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton on the 9th April.  The event was a celebration of marine science across the commonwealth attended by High Commissioners from across the Commonwealth, ahead of next weeks Commonwealth…
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CEFAS: 25 years of research reveals changing distribution of marine litter

05 April 2018 25 years of research from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has revealed changes in the composition of marine plastic litter, finding a decrease in the amount of plastic bags found on the UK’s seabed and suggesting that efforts may be able to tackle the marine litter challenge. Despite the…
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A Dutch start-up The SME is looking for a partner to process the fish nets to granulates for making new products

Referencia:TRNL20180219001 Abstract A Dutch start-up developed a state of the art technology to remove the plastic waste from the high seas. This year the company will launch a system to collect floating plastic debris from the Pacific Garbage Patch. The material that will be collected will be 50 % of High Density Polyethylene fish nets…
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La cantidad de microfibras en mar podría ser mil veces mayor que la estimada

Noticia publicada por: https://www.efeverde.com/noticias/microfibras-mar-mas-estimada/ La presencia en el mar de microfibras sintéticas, semisintéticas y de otro tipo puede ser hasta mil veces mayor que la prevista por los modelos utilizados hasta ahora para estudiar el gigantesco problema de contaminación que provocan los plásticos en todos los océanos. La ONG Adventure Scientist, el Colegio del Atlántico de Maine…
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New data gathered in the Volvo Ocean Race reveals higher concentrations of microplastics found near to major cities

The scientific research, using data collected by Race team ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’, identified 75 particles of microplastics per cubic metre in waters near Hong Kong and 87 particles of microplastics per cubic metre along the coast near Melbourne. Lower concentrations of 39 microplastic particles per cubic meter were found up the east coast…
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“The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” described in Nature Scientific Reports

Described in Nature Scientific Reports, ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ is a major ocean plastic accumulation formed in waters between California and Hawaii. Data from multi-vessel surveys predicted at least 79 thousand tonnes are floating inside an area of 1.6 million km2; a figure much higher than previously reported. Read more at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22939-w

Postdoc position “Identity and functioning of microbes degrading plastic in contrasting marine environments for the ERC Project Vortex”

The department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB; principal investigator dr. Helge Niemann) is looking for a highly motivated Postdoc with a strong background in analysing microbial diversity and functioning (e.g. DNA/RNA-seq, FISH), ideally in combination with stable isotope probing. Your research will be part of the ERC Project VORTEX. LOCATION:         …
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Plastic ends up on the ocean floor

According to a new research report from SINTEF in Norway, ninety percent of plastic fragments in the sea end up on the ocean floor. The Norwegian Environment Agency is alarmed by this figure, and has just sent a number of proposed measures to the Ministry of Climate and the Environment. “This is an alarming prospect”,…
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Solving the world’s plastic problem

Many of us are aware of the problems that plastics pose for the environment. Today we hear about some of the solutions that businesses are finding to prevent quite so much of it ending up in landfill or the ocean. Vivienne Nunis visits the site of a new recycling machine that turns plastic packaging back into…
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