IMPASSE – Impacts of MicroPlastics on AgrosystemS and Stream Environments

While it is widely known that microplastics (MPs) in the ocean are a serious environmental problem, the threat posed by MPs in agricultural lands is almost entirely unknown. A large fraction of MPs produced in industrialized countries is intercepted by sewers. In treatment plants most of MPs are retained in the sludge. A sizeable fraction of this sewage sludge is spread in many countries on agricultural lands. We estimate the MP input to agricultural lands in Europe to be between 50000 and 175000 tonnes/year. More

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Project coordinator Luca Nizzetto
Last Updated October 15, 2020, 15:00 (UTC)
Created November 21, 2018, 10:00 (UTC)
Project partners norwegian-institute-for-water-research-niva;swedish-university-of-agricultural-sciences;trent-university;windsor-university;vrije-university-amsterdam;imdea-water;
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