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Biological Effects of Microplastics on Living Organisms

Alessio Gomiero

Norwegian Research Center AS


terrestrial organisms marine organisms freshwater organisms microplastic pollution plastics and leachates toxicity mechanisms sublethal stress endpoints target organs trojan horse effect

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The intensive use of plastic materials has noticeably increased during the last century, leading to a rapid increase of animal habitat contamination. The size, widespread distribution and other characteristics (e.g. surface properties) of microplastics make them highly bioavailable to marine organisms, either through direct ingestion, or by trophic transfer from contaminated prey. The uptake and accumulation of nano and micrometric scale plastic particles has been documented in several biological models. However, their adverse effects on physiology as well as on organ and cell functioning are not yet deeply understood. Furthermore, it has been reported that microplastics may absorb aquatic pollutants, enhancing their bioavailability as well as acting as vectors of persistent contaminants distributed in ecosystems. This book aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of toxicity mechanisms from a chemical, biochemical, physiological, behavioral and ecological point of view.

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Date completed: September 2nd 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: November 22nd 2019

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Review results due: February 10th 2020

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Expected publication date: April 10th 2020

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About the editor

Alessio Gomiero

Norwegian Research Center AS

Alessio Gomiero holds a PhD in Environmental Science. As Senior Researcher he has contributed with the development of integrated chemical and biological tools to routinely assess the environmental pollution associated to different anthropogenic activities with emphasis on the characterization of chemicals induced adverse effects by cellular and sub cellular endpoints on several marine and freshwater biological models.

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