The projects are conducting research on the sources of microplastics, the methods for identifying smaller micro- and (nano-) plastics and monitoring their circulation in marine systems, and their effects thereon.
What are microplastics and how do they interact with the marine environment and its inhabitants? An answer to these questions and many more can be found in a new publication highlighting the important role of four recent microplastics research projects funded under the framework of JPI Oceans.
RESPONSE, a research project focusing on the fate and biological effects of microplastics and nanoplastics in marine ecosystems, is the sixth project proposal to be awarded funding under the joint call on microplastics in the marine environment.
How does plastic degrade in the ocean? What effects does it have on the organisms and ecosystems? Do particles carry other pollutants? And how to standardise the way we study microplastics? The four JPI Oceans funded projects present their results in their final reports.
Five projects are selected for funding to conduct research on sources of microplastics, methods for identifying smaller micro- and (nano-) plastics and monitoring their circulation in marine systems and their effects thereon.