Adverse Effects of Microplastics and Nanoplastics on Plant–Pollinator Interaction and Pollination Biology Studied

According to the abstract of an April 17, 2023 Environmental Science and Technology article by researchers from China Huazhong Agricultural University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences “… Recent studies have expanded our understanding of the adverse effects of microplastics and nanoplastics (MNPs) pollution on human, terrestrial, and aquatic animals, insects, and plants … we describe the adverse effects of MNPs particles on pollinator and plant health and discuss the mechanisms by which MNPs disrupt the pollination process. We discuss the evidence and integrate transcriptome studies to investigate the negative effects of MNPs on the molecular biology of pollination, which may cause delay or inhibit the pollination services. We conclude by addressing challenges to plant–pollinator health from MNPs pollution and argue that such harmful effects disrupt the communication between plant and pollinator for a successful pollination process …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics @HZAU_China @ChinaScience