Microplastics found in plant leaves for the first time

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Date: 13 Sep 2022 Time: 03:46:39

Biorisk: Microplastics found in leaf fungus for the first time

For the first time, scientists have found traces of microplastics in plant leaf samples, the University of Presov in Slovakia said. The results of the observations are published in the journal BioRisk.

Plants in the genus Dipsacus have distinctive leaves that grow in pairs at various levels, forming root receptacles that collect water and attract insects. In the samples taken, experts found fragments and fibers of multi-colored microplastics, some of which reached 2.4 millimeters in length. No third-party sources of contamination were found around the area, so the plastic reached the flowers from a polluted environment, the researchers say. Another suggestion is that snails may pick it up from the ground or other plants.

In the future, experts plan to carefully study the impact of microplastics on plant and insect ecosystems. In addition, they propose the use of fungi as bioindicators of environmental contamination.

In June 2022, the University of Canterbury announced the first detection of microplastics in newly-fallen ice in Antarctica.

Source: lenta.ru

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