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Young investigators forum: Focus on (eco)toxicological effects of micro and nanoplastic particles

Approximately 11 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea every year. Over the course of hundreds of years, this plastic is broken down into smaller pieces of plastic: micro, and then nanoplastics. Nanoplastics have different properties than larger pieces of plastic, and their size can alter toxicity. Nanoplastics can also travel up the food chain by being absorbed into the tissue of aquatic animals.

Welcome to an event highlighting research on nano- and microplastics and effects on aquatic environments and organisms from researchers within the Mistra Environmental Nanosafety programme.

Reserach talks

  • Fate, uptake and effects of plastic nanoparticles when entering wetland mesocosms, Franca Stábile, doctoral student, Lund University.

  • Interfacial interactions of natural organic matter with polystyrene nano-plastics in aquatic environments: a modeling study, Prasad Rama, researcher, Gothenburg University.

  • Combined in vitro exposure of polystyrene nanoparticles and North Sea marine oil: assessing sensitive endpoints of toxicity, Marianne Brookman-Amissah, doctoral student, Gothenburg University.

  • Assessment of polystyrene nanoparticles in Daphnia magna and in a human in vitro model of the gastrointestinal epithelium, Jasreen Kaur, postdoctoral researcher, Karolinska Institutet.

The event is chaired by Professors Bengt Fadeel, Karolinska Institutet, and Joachim Sturve, Gothenburg University.

Register your online participation