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Significance of interactions between microplastics and POPs in the marine environment: A critical overview

The presence of plastic debris in the ocean is increasing and several effects in the marine environment

have been reported. A great number of studies have demonstrated that microplastics (MPs) adsorb

organic compounds concentrating them several orders of magnitude than the levels found in their

surrounding environment, therefore they could be potential vectors of these contaminants to biota.

However, a consensus on MPs as vectors of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) has not been reached

since are opposing views among different researchers on this topic. However, all agree that more

extensive studies are needed to clarify this relationship. This review reunites information reporting the

factors that drive the sorption dynamics between MPs and POPs, which essentially corresponds to

polymer properties and surrounding environmental variables. Furthermore, this review highlights

several supporting and rebuttal arguments in the direction to clear up the real hazard enforced by the

presence of MPs in marine environments.


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About the author

Dr. Howard Dryden

Dr. Howard Dryden

Dr. Dryden has unique knowledge combination of biology, chemistry and technology and is the inventor of the activated, bio-resistant filter media AFM®. Dr. Dryden is one of the world`s leading experts in sustainable water treatment.

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Life on earth depends upon healthy Oceans, we have 10 years to stop toxic chemical pollution, or life on earth may become impossible

Dr. Howard Dryden, CSO

Goes Foundation

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The University of Edinburgh
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