Marine microbes in the plastic age

Osborn, A and Stojkovic, S 2014, 'Marine microbes in the plastic age', Microbiology Australia, pp. 207-210.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Marine microbes in the plastic age
Author(s) Osborn, A
Stojkovic, S
Year 2014
Journal name Microbiology Australia
Start page 207
End page 210
Total pages 4
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Abstract We are living in the 'Plastic Age', but unfortunately our nonhuman relatives with whom we share our planet are not adapted to cope with the thousands of tons of plastic waste entering rivers, seas and oceans each year. Plastic poses both physical and chemical threats to aquatic life. It leads to damage or death of animals following plastic entanglement or ingestion and/or can lead to bioaccumulation of co-pollutants absorbed on plastic surfaces. Once ingested, copollutants can be absorbed into tissues and accumulated in the food chain. As nature's biodegraders and recyclers, microorganisms may play a role in mitigating the impact of our disposable plastic lifestyle, or alternatively, plastic may serve as a vector for transport of pathogenic microorganisms into marine fauna. Here, we review current understanding of the microbiology of marine plastics and highlight future challenges for this emerging research discipline.
Subject Microbial Ecology
Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
DOI - identifier 10.1071/MA14066
Copyright notice © 2014 CSIRO Publishing
ISSN 1324-4272
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