Special Issue "Effects of Microplastics Pollution in the Aquatic Environment"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Judith S. Weis
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Guest Editor
Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA
Interests: ecology; pollution effects; metals; microplastics; behavior; invasive species; estuaries; coasts; salt marshes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aquatic organisms are exposed to microplastics worldwide, and most animals examined have been shown to ingest them. However, much of what is ingested is subsequently egested. Exposure can also occur from contact with the surface or contact with respiratory organs. This Special Issue will explore the effects produced in aquatic organisms by exposure to microplastics. We are interested in both field studies and laboratory studies, but laboratory studies should use concentrations of microplastics that are generally similar to levels that are found in the environment. It is also preferred that lab studies use the types of microplastics that are more common in natural ecosystems. The effects studied could be at all levels of biological organization: biochemical, physiological, pathological, behavioral, developmental, reproductive, etc., and effects that can result in changes at the population or community level are particularly welcome. We are interested in studies on all kinds of aquatic organisms including phyto- and zoo-plankton, macroalgae, macrophytes, micro-, meio- and macro-benthos, and nekton. We are also interested in papers that can distinguish the effects of the plastic itself from effects produced from exposure to contaminants that were adsorbed onto the microplastic.

Prof. Dr. Judith S. Weis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • ingestion
  • effects
  • physiology
  • development
  • behavior
  • reproduction
  • biochemistry
  • plankton
  • benthos
  • nekton

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Influence of Nano- and Small Microplastics on Ciliated Protozoan Spirostomum ambiguum (Müller, 1786) Ehrenberg, 1835
Water 2021, 13(20), 2857; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13202857 - 13 Oct 2021
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This study evaluated the uptake of secondary nano- and small microparticles by the protozoan Spirostomum ambiguum, comparing edible (baker’s yeasts) and inedible (red latex) particles. Secondary nano- and microplastic particles were prepared from household materials made of four different polymers and served [...] Read more.
This study evaluated the uptake of secondary nano- and small microparticles by the protozoan Spirostomum ambiguum, comparing edible (baker’s yeasts) and inedible (red latex) particles. Secondary nano- and microplastic particles were prepared from household materials made of four different polymers and served to the protozoans separately and as two-component mixtures in different proportions. The number and content of food vacuoles formed by the protozoan were analyzed using a digital microscope. The microscopic results showed that the protozoans ingested the secondary microplastic particles to a similar degree as the latex microspheres but to a lesser extent compared to the nutritional food—baker’s yeasts. At the microplastic concentrations of 1000 and 10,000 particles mL−1, no food vacuoles were observed inside the cells, which may be a finding of great ecological importance. In the protozoans served two-component mixtures, both microplastics and yeasts were found in the vacuoles formed by the organisms. The egestion of two-component vacuoles by the protozoans was slower than that of vacuoles containing a single component. Full article
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