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Fields & Applications Spectroscopy, Environmental

Image of the Month: The (Ugly) Face of Plastics

Image credit: BBDO/ Newcastle University.

Say hello to Eurythenes plasticus. This newly described deep-sea amphipod has become the new face of the plastics crisis, after a team of researchers from Newcastle University discovered microplastic particles in its hindguts using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The team named the animal plasticus to send a message about the (quite literally) far-reaching consequences of plastic pollution.

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  1. J Weston et al., Zootaxa, 4748 (2020). DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4748.1.9. Available at: https://bit.ly/3aGlDxQ

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