The effects of microplastic on freshwater Hydra attenuata feeding, morphology & reproduction

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  • Fionn Murphy
  • Brian Quinn, Univ West Scotland, University of West Scotland, IBEHR

Microplastic pollution has been a growing concern in the aquatic environment for several years. The abundance of microplastics in the environment has invariably led them to interact with a variety of different aquatic species. The small size of microplastics may make them bioavailable to a great range of species however, the impact this may have is not fully understood. Much of the research on microplastic pollution has focused on the marine environment and species with little research undertaken in freshwater. Here we examine the effect of microplastics on the freshwater cnidarian, Hydra attenuata. This study also describes the development and use of a bioassay to investigate the impact of microplastic on freshwater organisms. Hydra attenuata play a vital role in the planktonic make up of slow moving freshwater bodies which they inhabit and are sensitive environmental indicators. Hydra attenuata were exposed to polyethylene flakes (

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume234
Pages (from-to)487-494
Number of pages8
ISSN0269-7491
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Microplastic, Hydra attenuata, Feeding, Polyethylene, ACUTE TOXICITY ASSESSMENT, MARINE-ENVIRONMENT, POLYSTYRENE MICROPLASTICS, NEPHROPS-NORVEGICUS, ORGANIC POLLUTANTS, MEDITERRANEAN SEA, PLASTIC DEBRIS, 1ST EVIDENCE, GREAT-LAKES, POLLUTION

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