Microplastics – Presence in Israel Coastline Studied

The abstract of an October 2022 Marine Pollution Bulletin article https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0025326X22007627 by researchers with Israel Tel Aviv University “… provides an analysis of the current state of microplastic (MP) contamination along the Mediterranean coastline of Israel ... The MP detected included both secondary MP and pristine polymeric pellets. In-depth characterization of the MP illustrated a large percentage of both fragmented and film MP morphologies and the most common MP polymers were polyethylene and polypropylene. Further particle analysis showed that MPs were contaminated with biofilm, including microorganisms such as diatoms, as well as metal residues. Through the spatial analysis presented herein we suggest that local rivers are significant contributors to MP contamination along the Mediterranean Sea coastline of Israel and may pose a direct threat to environment and human health …” @TelAvivUni #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic