Plastics and the Environment

Plastic pollution: European farmland could be largest global reservoir of microplastics

The amount of microplastics found in European farmland soil mirrors the concentration found in ocean surface waters. Image: Unsplash/Dylan de Jonge

James Lofty

PhD Candidate in Hydrodynamics, Cardiff University

Pablo Ouro

Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellow in Marine Engineering, University of Manchester

Valentine Muhawenimana

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Engineering, Cardiff University

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Microplastic-laden fertilizers are derived from sewage sludge diverted from wastewater treatment plants. Image: James Lofty
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