Microplastics and Associated Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment: Ecotoxicological Effects and Potential Impacts on Human Health

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecotoxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 13 September 2024 | Viewed by 105

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Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, Viale F. Stagno d’Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: aquatic ecotoxicology; environmental health assessment; embryotoxicity; cytotoxicity; biomarkers; bivalves; fish; micro- and nanoplastics; environmental pollutants; metabolomics

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Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, Viale F. Stagno d’Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: aquatic ecotoxicology; environmental health assessment; embryotoxicity; cytotoxicity; biomarkers; bivalves; fish; micro- and nanoplastics; environmental pollutants; metabolomics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, micro- and nanoplastic (MNP) pollution has become a growing concern worldwide due to its persistence and widespread distribution, associated with often-inadequate collection and recycling systems, thus representing an emerging threat for the aquatic environment. Its small size and increased surface area lead to high biological reactivity, which can be crucial for the health status of biota. Despite several studies investigating the lethal and sublethal endpoints of manufactured MNPs, the body of knowledge regarding the accumulation and biological effects of environmental MNPs is still significantly limited. Moreover, there are still several aspects that necessitate a deeper investigation such as the release of additives from MNPs, the interactions between MNPs and environmental pollutants, and their impact on embryo development, as well as their transfer through different trophic levels following ingestion, with serious implication for predators, including humans.

Therefore, this Special Issue welcomes any novel exciting research on MNP occurrence in aquatic environments, with a special focus on the impact they might have on the ecosystem and biota, including their transfer through the food web and possible implications for human health. Studies exploring innovative bioremediation strategies for the elimination or mitigation of MNP harmfulness, or focusing on natural biodegradable materials that can replace the use of plastics are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Maria Maisano
Dr. Tiziana Cappello
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micro- and nanoplastics
  • microplastic-adsorbed contaminants
  • environmental risk assessment
  • aquatic organisms
  • cytotoxicity
  • embryotoxicity
  • neurotoxicity
  • metabolism disorders
  • bioremediation strategies

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