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Microplastics in sediments: A review of techniques, occurrence and effects
Van Cauwenberghe, L.; Devriese, L.; Galgani, F.; Robbens, J.; Janssen, C.R. (2015). Microplastics in sediments: A review of techniques, occurrence and effects. Mar. Environ. Res. 111: 5-17. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.06.007
In: Marine Environmental Research. Applied Science Publishers: Barking. ISSN 0141-1136, more
Peer reviewed article  

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 295880 [ OMA ]

Keyword
    Pellets
Author keywords
    Microplastics; Sediment; Techniques; Direct effects; Indirect effects

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  • Van Cauwenberghe, L., more
  • Devriese, L., more
  • Galgani, F.

Abstract
    Microplastics are omnipresent in the marine environment and sediments are hypothesized to be major sinks of these plastics. Here, over 100 articles spanning the last 50 year are reviewed with following objectives: (i) to evaluate current microplastic extraction techniques, (ii) to discuss the occurrence and worldwide distribution of microplastics in sediments, and (iii) to make a comprehensive assessment of the possible adverse effects of this type of pollution to marine organisms. Based on this review we propose future research needs and conclude that there is a clear need for a standardized techniques, unified reporting units and more realistic effect assessments.

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