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FreshwaterMPs

The environmental fate and effects of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems

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Project "FreshwaterMPs" data sheet

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Coordinator
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN 

Organization address
address: THEODOR W ADORNO PLATZ 1
city: FRANKFURT AM MAIN
postcode: 60323
website: www.uni-frankfurt.de

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website http://www.environ-microplastic.org
 Total cost 159˙460 €
 EC max contribution 159˙460 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-05-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN DE (FRANKFURT AM MAIN) coordinator 159˙460.00

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 Project objective

EU member states are currently working towards the realisation of environmental goals specified in the Water Framework Directive (WFD), which aims to protect both human and ecosystem health. Microplastic particles (MPs) are emerging pollutants of increasing concern and are formed primarily when plastic waste degrades in the environment. The impacts of MPs on freshwater biota are not known, however, they may present a potentially persistent and ecotoxicological pollution problem. Accordingly, the goal of this project is to assess the environmental risk of MPs in freshwater habitats. To achieve this, a detailed investigation of MP environmental persistence will be carried out. This will provide environmental fate summaries for different polymer classes and enable the modelling of their degradation processes. This will be combined with laboratory studies to assess relevant sub-lethal endpoints such as reproduction, fitness, inflammation, and oxidative stress. As MPs are known to accumulate co-occurring organic pollutants, the toxicity of virgin MPs will be compared to MPs conditioned with relevant freshwater pollutants. This work will build towards a sophisticated state-of-the-art mesocosm study that will evaluate both MP fate and impacts in model ecosystems. The establishment of a novel framework for the environmental risk assessment of MPs will inform our ability to achieve conservation objectives taking into account MPs as emerging pollutants. The merit of this is that protection goals may be better accommodated in policy and management through the generation of so far unavailable data on MP persistence and environmental toxicity. Taken together, the project will generate so far unavailable data sets to assess for the first time the environmental impacts of freshwater MPs. Thus, the outcomes will highly relevant for academia, politics, stakeholders and society.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Scott Lambert
Microplastics: Exposure of the Environment and Humans
published pages: 8-9, ISSN: , DOI:
Magazine article for EU Umweltbüro available at http://www.eu-umweltbuero.at/inhalt/europainfo-115?ref=160 2019-07-24
2017 Scott Lambert and Martin Wagner
Microplastics as emerging contaminants of freshwater environments: an overview
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61615-5_1
M. Wagner, S. Lambert (eds.), Freshwater Microplastics, Hdb Env Chem 58 2019-07-24
2016 Scott Lambert, Martin Wagner
Exploring the effects of microplastics in freshwater environments
published pages: 404-405, ISSN: 1551-3777, DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1754
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 12/2 2019-07-24
2017 Christian Scherer, Annkatrin Weber, Scott Lambert, and Martin Wagner
Interactions of Microplastics with Freshwater Biota
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61615-5_8
M. Wagner, S. Lambert (eds.), Freshwater Microplastics, Hdb Env Chem 58 2019-07-24
2017 Scott Lambert, Christian Scherer, Martin Wagner
Ecotoxicity testing of microplastics: Considering the heterogeneity of physicochemical properties
published pages: 470-475, ISSN: 1551-3777, DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1901
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 13/3 2019-07-24

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