Microplastics have been found inside minute animals living in Antarctica

Microplastics have been found inside minute animals, living in Antartica. Image: Unsplash/Annie Spratt

Tancredi Caruso

Associate Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin

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A particularly large collembolan (almost 2mm long) found in an oak forest in Ireland. Soil collembolan species are typically much smaller, paler, and might not have eyes. Together with microbes these animals help elements like nitrogen cycle between plants and soil.
A particularly large collembolan (almost 2mm long) found in an oak forest in Ireland. Image: Tancredi Caruso
Infrared scanning revealed specs of plastic inside the tiny animals.
Tiny specs of plastic are being found in these tiny animals. Image: Bergami et al.
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