Uptake and Ecotoxicity of microplastic particles (polystyrene) by Daphnia magna
- Dr Amanda Callaghan – School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading
- September 2014
There is increasing awareness that microplastics are present in many commercial products such as toothpaste, facial cleanser and body scrubs transfer from wastewater treatment plants to surface water, ending up polluting both marine and freshwater habitats. Several recent investigations have shown that these microplastics are taken up by aquatic organisms, with the potential to cause blockages and/or toxic responses. My PhD research assesses the uptake, accumulation and the acute and chronic effects of 2µm microplastic (polystyrene) beads on the model freshwater aquatic crustacean Daphnia magna.