Microplastics Affect the Ecological Functioning of an Important Biogenic Habitat.

  title={Microplastics Affect the Ecological Functioning of an Important Biogenic Habitat.},
  author={Dannielle Senga Green and Bas Boots and Nessa E O'Connor and Richard C. Thompson},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={51 1},
Biological effects of microplastics on the health of bivalves have been demonstrated elsewhere, but ecological impacts on the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of bivalve-dominated habitats are unknown. Thus, we exposed intact sediment cores containing European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) or blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) in seawater to two different densities (2.5 or 25 μg L-1) of biodegradable or conventional microplastics in outdoor mesocosms. We hypothesized that filtration rates of… CONTINUE READING
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