Microplastics – Effects on Shrimp Studied

According to the abstract of  July 27, 2023 ACS Environmental Science and Technology article https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.3c01566 by researchers with Ningbo University and Ningbo Customs District Technology Center, both in China “… Our study investigated the impact of polyvinyl chloride MPs (PVC-MPs) on white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infection in shrimp. The results revealed that PVC-MPs obviously increased WSSV replication in vivo, leading to a high mortality rate among the larvae and facilitating the horizontal transmission of WSSV. Furthermore, the data of WSSV loads detected together with qPCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, and flow cytometry approaches indicated that PVC-MPs could interact with the virus to prolong survival and maintain the virulence of WSSV at different temperatures and pH values … these findings highlight that MPs promote shrimp susceptibility to WSSV in two aspects: host immune defense and viral virulence …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #whitespotsyndromevirus #shrimp @Ningbo_Uni