Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/02/08

Bacteria glues plastic together posing even deadlier threat to sea life, scientists find

The sea is full of billions of tiny pieces of plastic, which are stuck together by bacteria, researchers found“Plastic in the oceans is being turned into an even greater threat to small sea creatures than previously thought because bacteria are sticking particles of it together, scientists have discovered.
Glue-like substances secreted by bacteria are sticking tiny bits of plastic to form larger clusters that marine animals could mistake for food, experts fear.
They also worry that the clumping could divert the natural flow of food from the ocean surface to the seafloor, leading to deep sea creatures being starved.
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh staged experiments with seawater, adding plastics in conditions simulating the ocean surface.”

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Fonte: Independent, 3 de feveireiro de 2019


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