March 28, 2023

Microplastics tell stories about the waters of Mondego and nearby beaches | environment

The following story could be told by a small piece of plastic: once upon a time, bacteria were part of a large group called Firmicutes. Usually, they were found in sewers and sewage, but on one particular winter day, they were discovered in the estuary waters of the Mondego River in microplastics. Scientists were the ones who revealed it after collecting it plastic items in these waters and having them analyzed in the laboratory.

The story just told is part of a work carried out by Portuguese scientists who used small fragments of plastic and microplastics as environmental storytellers. Overall, the great moral of the story was the realization that the communities of bacteria associated with plastics collected in the Mondego estuary and nearby beaches were different from those that naturally existed there.

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