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dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, James
dc.contributor.authorLally, Heather
dc.contributor.authorMahon, Anne Marie
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Ian
dc.contributor.authorNash, Róisín
dc.contributor.authorJones, Noelle
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Mark
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, John
dc.contributor.authorBruen, Michael
dc.contributor.authorHeerey, Linda
dc.contributor.authorKoelmans, Albert
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Sinéad
dc.identifier.citationO'Connor, J. et al. (2018) Potential pathways, trophic transfer and bioindicators of microplastics in freshwater systems, Environs 2018, 26-28 March 2018, CIT. 10.13140/RG.2.2.17308.39041en_US
dc.description"Arriving at a Sustainable Future"en_US
dc.description.abstractMicroplastic (MP) polymers, 0.1 µm - 5 mm in size, are ubiquitous within aquatic environments. Due to their small size there is a risk that they may infiltrate and transfer within aquatic food webs. Though a limited number of laboratory studies can facilitate our understanding of species susceptibility, the lack of field data from freshwater environments means that the spatiotemporal patterns governing MP exposure, as well as their associated dynamics within the freshwater environment are not well understood. There is a need therefore to assess MP exposure in Irish waters to gain an understanding of the current level of interaction between MPs and freshwater biota. Researchers at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, in collaboration with University College Dublin and Wageningen University, the Netherlands, have set out to address these knowledge gaps as part of a three-year EPA funded research project ‘Sources, pathways and environmental fate of freshwater microplastics’. Part of this research aims to 1) characterise and quantify polymer types present in an Irish freshwater system, and determine whether they vary longitudinally between habitats and regions; 2) identify the pathways of MP exposure through a comprehensive analysis of a freshwater food web; 3) evaluate the ecological implications of MP uptake under realistic exposure conditions (as far as possible), through laboratory trials and observation; and 4) explore the use of using bioindicator species, such as primary consumers and top level predators, for monitoring purposes, with a view to informing the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) on best practice guidelines for monitoring MPs in Irish waters.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofEnvirons 2018en_US
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dc.titlePotential pathways, trophic transfer and bioindicators of microplastics in freshwater systemsen_US
dc.conference.hostIrish Environmental Research Colloquiumen_US
dc.conference.locationCork Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationMarine and Freshwater Research Centre, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Civil Engineering, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationUCD School of Civil Engineering, UCD Earth Institute & UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research, Belfield, Dublin 4en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationAquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Department of Environmental Science, Wageningen University & Research Centre, Netherlandsen_US
dc.subject.departmentMarine and Freshwater Research Centreen_US

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