Microplastic and oil pollution in oceans : Interactions and environmental impacts

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Original languageEnglish
Article number156142
Journal / PublicationScience of the Total Environment
Volume838
Issue numberPart 2
Online published21 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2022

Abstract

Microplastics (MPs) have been found in oil-polluted oceans, but studies on MPs and oil were still focused on their respective transport, biodegradation, and bioaccumulation. The interactions between MPs and oil in the marine environment remain unknown. MPs would incorporate with oil to form MP-oil agglomerate (MOA), the behaviors of MOA were thus discussed in this study. It was found that the MOA formation resulted in the decreased oil dispersion efficacy and affect marine oil spill response operations. Moreover, oil biodegradation rate would be changed when oil existed as the form of MOA. The slow vertical transport of MOA might lead to wider ocean contamination. MOA would cause much worse impacts on phytoplankton, zooplankton, and high trophic species in the marine environment than MPs or oil individually. MOA assembling with phytoplankton in oceans may reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) transport to deep seas. Exploring the interactions between MPs and oil in the marine environment opened a door for understanding MPs and oil as co-contaminants.

Research Area(s)

  • Agglomerates, Formation, Microplastics, Oil, Toxicity, Transport

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Microplastic and oil pollution in oceans : Interactions and environmental impacts. / Yang, Min; Zhang, Baiyu; Xin, Xiaying; Lee, Kenneth; Chen, Bing.

In: Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 838, No. Part 2, 156142, 10.09.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review