Research: New 'nanoplastics' could pose environmental risk

30 Jul 2020
Top: the freshwater amphipods Gammarus duebeni and their plant food source Lemna minor. Bottom left: two fragmented microplastics in an amphipod’s gut. Bottom right: a nanoplastic fragment inside an amphipod’s gut. Image: Dr Alicia Mateos-Cárdenas.

New research from the School of BEES shows that a small crustacean, called Gammarus duebeni is able to fragment microplastics into different shapes and sizes, including nanoplastics, in less than four days.

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