How will marine plastic pollution affect bacterial primary producers?

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February 10, 2020 - 12:41pm
Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2020
Date published: 02/2020
Authors: Sasha Tetu, Indrani Sarker, Lisa Moore
Journal title: Communications Biology
Volume: 3
Issue: 1

We demonstrated in our recent Communications Biology paper how marine photosynthetic bacteria, Prochlorococcus, are adversely affected by leachates from commonly used plastics. This study was one of the first to consider how substances leaching from plastics may affect marine primary producers and demonstrated that plastic pollution has the potential to negatively impact a wider range of organisms than previously appreciated. We outline here key outstanding questions regarding how ocean plastic pollution may impact small, but essential, marine microbes and discuss how these can be addressed.

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