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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.