Microplastics in the Terrestrial Ecosystem: Implications for Lumbricus terrestris (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae).

@article{Lwanga2016MicroplasticsIT,
  title={Microplastics in the Terrestrial Ecosystem: Implications for Lumbricus terrestris (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae).},
  author={Esperanza Huerta Lwanga and Hennie Gertsen and Harm P.A. Gooren and Piet Peters and Tam{\'a}s Sal{\'a}nki and Martine van der Ploeg and Ellen Besseling and Albert A Koelmans and Violette Geissen},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2016},
  volume={50 5},
  pages={2685-91}
}
Plastic debris is widespread in the environment, but information on the effects of microplastics on terrestrial fauna is completely lacking. Here, we studied the survival and fitness of the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae) exposed to microplastics (Polyethylene, <150 μm) in litter at concentrations of 7, 28, 45, and 60% dry weight, percentages that, after bioturbation, translate to 0.2 to 1.2% in bulk soil. Mortality after 60 days was higher at 28, 45, and 60% of… CONTINUE READING
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