Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1071/MF19177
Title: Early evidence of microplastics on seagrass and macroalgae
Authors: NICHOLAS SENG
LAI WEN YA SAMANTHA
JENNY FONG
MUHAMMAD FAIQ SALEH
CLEMENT CHENG
CHEOK ZI YU 
PETER ALAN TODD 
Keywords: macrophytes
pollution
Singapore
waste
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2020
Citation: NICHOLAS SENG, LAI WEN YA SAMANTHA, JENNY FONG, MUHAMMAD FAIQ SALEH, CLEMENT CHENG, CHEOK ZI YU, PETER ALAN TODD (2020-01-28). Early evidence of microplastics on seagrass and macroalgae. Marine and Freshwater Research. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF19177
Abstract: Microplastic accumulation on marine macrophytes, such as macroalgae and seagrasses, is a potentially critical but overlooked pathway by which microplastics enter the marine food web. Despite the possible significance of this pathway, few studies have examined the presence of microplastics on macrophytes found in situ. We quantified the density of microplastics found on the surfaces of three species of intertidal seagrasses (Cymodocea rotundata, Cymodocea serrulata and Thalassia hemprichii) and two species of subtidal macroalgae (Padina sp. and Sargassum ilicifolium), and found significantly higher microplastic densities on seagrasses than on macroalgae. However, we found no relationships between microplastic density and epibiont cover in either seagrass or macroalgae. Our study has provided early evidence of microplastics on macrophyte surfaces in situ, being the first such evidence for macroalgae, and the second for seagrasses.
Source Title: Marine and Freshwater Research
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/168192
ISSN: 13231650
DOI: 10.1071/MF19177
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications
Elements
Students Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormatAccess SettingsVersion 
Seng et al. revised.pdfpost-print version1.63 MBAdobe PDF

OPEN

Post-printView/Download

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

2
checked on Jun 4, 2020

Page view(s)

23
checked on Jun 4, 2020

Download(s)

3
checked on Jun 4, 2020

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.