How will marine plastic pollution affect bacterial primary producers?

Sasha G. Tetu*, Indrani Sarker, Lisa R. Moore

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We demonstrated in our recent Communications Biology paper how marine photosynthetic bacteria, Prochlorococcus, are adversely affected by leachates from commonly used plastics. This study was one of the first to consider how substances leaching from plastics may affect marine primary producers and demonstrated that plastic pollution has the potential to negatively impact a wider range of organisms than previously appreciated. We outline here key outstanding questions regarding how ocean plastic pollution may impact small, but essential, marine microbes and discuss how these can be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number55
Number of pages4
Journal Communications Biology
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2020

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