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Do different habits affect microplastics contents in organisms? A trait-based analysis on salt marsh species

Do different habits affect microplastics contents in organisms? A trait-based analysis on salt marsh species

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Salt marshes in urban watersheds are prone to microplastics (MP) pollution due to their hydrological characteristics and exposure to urban runoff, but little is known about MP distributions in species from these habitats. In the current study, MP occurrence was determined in six benthic invertebrate species from salt marshes along the North Adriatic lagoons (Italy) and the Schelde estuary (Netherlands). The species represented different feeding modes and sediment localisation. The 96% of the analysed specimens (330) did not contain any MP, which was consistent across different regions and sites. Suspension and facultative deposit-feeding bivalves exhibited a lower MP occurrence (0.5-3%) relative to omnivores (95%) but contained a much more variable distribution of MP sizes, shapes and polymers. The study provides indications that MP physicochemical properties and species' ecological traits could all influence MP exposure, uptake and retention in benthic organisms inhabiting European salt marsh ecosystems.
Oppdragsgiver
  • Norges forskningsråd / 257479
Språk
Engelsk
Forfatter(e)
  • Piarulli Stefania
  • Vanhove Brecht
  • Comandini Paolo
  • Scapinello Sara
  • Moens Tom
  • Vrielinck Henk
  • Sciutto Giorgia
  • Prati Silvia
  • Mazzeo Rocco
  • Booth Andy
  • Van Colen Carl
  • Airoldi Laura
Institusjon(er)
  • Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Universiteit Gent
  • SINTEF Ocean / Miljø og nye ressurser
År
2020
Publisert i
Marine Pollution Bulletin
ISSN
0025-326X
Årgang
153
Side(r)
110983