Effects of microplastics in soil ecosystems

20.10.2019

The impact of different forms of microplastics...

Scientists led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK studied the impact of different forms of microplastics on rosy-tipped earthworms living in a lab.

This new research has shown that the presence of microplastics in the soil can stunt the growth of earthworms. Within a month, the worms in the microplastic tank lost an average of 3.1 percent of their weight, while the earthworms living in the controlled conditions saw their weight rise by 5.1 percent.

"The earthworms lost weight overall when certain microplastics were present and grew significantly in weight in soil without added microplastics. However, the specific reasons for this weight loss need unraveling,” said lead author Dr. Bas Boots.

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