Understanding microplastics in aquatic ecosystems –A mini review

Soo, Chen Lin and Shahirah Sabana and Chen, Cheng Ann and Yii-Siang Hii (2021) Understanding microplastics in aquatic ecosystems –A mini review. Borneo Journal of Marine Science and Aquaculture, 5 (2). pp. 63-69. ISSN 2289-5892

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Abstract

Microplastic is defined as plastic debris with a size less than 5mm. It is characterized based on colour, shape, and polymer type. Microplastics have been discovered in a variety of aquatic environments, including freshwater, estuarine, and marine waters. The presence of microplastic in aquatic systems poses a threat not only to aquatic organisms, but to human consumers of food harvested from these environments. This paper reviews the key characteristics of microplastics, how they contaminate aquatic ecosystems, and their effects on aquatic organisms. Efforts have been made to highlight the knowledge gaps in these areas and measures that deserve attention for addressing the problem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Microplastics , Aquatic organisms , Trophic transfer , Consumer health , Possible measures
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301-705.5 Biology (General) > QH540-549.5 Ecology
Divisions: INSTITUTE > Borneo Marine Research Institute
Depositing User: SITI AZIZAH BINTI IDRIS -
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 19:56
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 19:56
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/33119

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