Nanoplastics (NPs) – Effects on Rice Seedlings Studied

According to a report in the January 5, 2021 issue of the Journal of Hazardous Materials by researchers with Jinan University, Guangzhou, China few data are available on the effects of nanoplastics on terrestrial plants “… especially on the mechanisms for transport of NPs in plants and phytotoxicity (at both phenotypic and molecular levels) of plants induced by NPs. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted a microcosm study in which hydroponically-cultured rice … seedlings were exposed to polystyrene (PS)-NPs … and examined for morphological and physiological phenotypes and transcriptomics … The present study demonstrated the likelihood for transport of PS-NPs in rice roots and induced phytotoxicity by PS-NPs, which should inspire further investigations into the potential human health risks from rice consumption …” #Microplastics #NanoPlastics #PlasticWaste #Rice