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Ingestion of microplastics by the chironomid Chironomus sancticaroli and effects on the microbiome in the presence of PBDEs

Horton, Alice A.; Palacio-Cortes, Angela M.; Lahive, Elma; Newbold, Lindsay; Pereira, M. Gloria; Disner, Rodrigo G.; Navarro-Silva, Mario A.; Grassi, Marco Tadeu; Spurgeon, David J.. 2016 Ingestion of microplastics by the chironomid Chironomus sancticaroli and effects on the microbiome in the presence of PBDEs. [Poster] In: SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting, Nantes, France, 22-26 May 2016. (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

Microplastic particles in the environment can associate with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) due to the hydrophobic nature of plastics and organic chemicals. PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) are widely used as flame-retardants in products such as textiles and soft furnishings, with the potential to leach into the environment and be associated with microplastics. If ingested, the gut environment of an organism may favour desorption of adsorbed chemicals due to gut condition. Therefore the ingestion of microplastic particles has implications for uptake and bioaccumulation of these chemicals. Furthermore the presence of microplastics and chemicals in the gut of an organism can also influence the gut environment itself. Gut microbiomes are known to hold a vital role in host metabolism, nutrition and immunity and as such understanding the influence of chemicals and microplastics on the gut microbiota is key.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
CEH Sections: Acreman
Shore
Additional Keywords: microplastics, chironomid, microbiome, PBDE, organic pollutant
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 08 Jul 2016 14:22 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/513933

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