The Algae Microplastic Collector

Microplastic, such as synthetic microfibers from textiles, can interact with algae in water through adsorptive forces and physical entrapment, a study by the U.S. Geological and the Valparaiso University and others shows. Measurements in the Great Lakes and lab tests showed that the algae Cladophora is able to adsorb significant amounts of synthetic microfibers due to its high surface area. The study is scheduled to be published on 1 May 2021.

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Posted on 23 March 2021