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Microplastic transport in soil by earthworms [Scientific Reports]

Keywords : ecology, environmental sciences

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Despite great general benefits derived from plastic use, accumulation of plastic material in ecosystems, and especially microplastic, is becoming an increasing environmental concern. Microplastic has been extensively studied in aquatic environments, with very few studies focusing on soils. We here tested the idea that microplastic particles (polyethylene beads) could be transported from the soil surface down the soil profile via earthworms.(...)

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