VIDEO. Plankton eats pieces of plastic

Un copépode ingurgitant des micro fragments de polystyrène fluorescent.

A copepod chowing micro fragments of fluorescent polystyrene. Maxisciences / Gentside Discovery

It is at the base of the food chain. Plankton, micro-organisms that are microbes, unicellular algae, microbes and fish larvae, is also a major source of oxygen on Earth.

Now, a British team of scientists has just released a video in which we discover that the organizations that make up the plankton are able to ingest pieces of plastic.

It is now proved that plastic pollution affects marine plankton.

Toxic substances in plastic debris

“In order to demonstrate visually the nature of this impact, researchers examined under the lens of a microscope copepods, a group of small crustaceans that are found in the plankton. “Says Maxi Sciences. Scientists from Plymouth Marine Laboratory (United Kingdom) managed to shoot crustacean eating polystyrene.

The images are disturbing when you know that plastic can stay up to seven days in the intestinal tract of the crustaceans and plastic debris that may contain toxic substances. Ultimately, plankton could transmit them to the rest of the food chain, so to man.

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