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Record number 544763
Title Quantifying ecological risks of aquatic micro- and nanoplastic
Author(s) Besseling, Ellen; Redondo-Hasselerharm, Paula; Foekema, Edwin M.; Koelmans, Albert A.
Source Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 49 (2019)1. - ISSN 1064-3389 - p. 32 - 80.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10643389.2018.1531688
Department(s) Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management
Onderzoeksformatie
WIMEK
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Microplastic - Nanoplastics - exposure - risk assesment - Species sensitivity distributions
Abstract Diverse effects of nano- and microplastic (NMP) have been demonstrated in the laboratory. We provide a broad review of current knowledge on occurrence, measurement, modeling approaches, fate, exposure, effects, and effect thresholds as regard to microplastics in the aquatic environment. Using this
information, we perform a ‘proof of concept’ risk assessment for NMP, accounting for the diversity of the material. New data is included showing how bioturbation affects exposure, and exposure is evaluated based on literature data and model analyses. We review exposure and effect data and provide a
worst case risk characterization, by comparing HC5 effect thresholds from ‘all inclusive’ Species Sensitivity Distributions (SSDs) with the highest environmental concentrations reported. HC5 values show wide confidence intervals yet suggest that sensitive aquatic organisms in near-shore surface waters might be at risk.
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