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Fate and effect of polymer-coated fertilizer microplastic capsules

Aims to (a) develop an extraction method for microplastics from polymer-coated fertilizers (PCF), and (b) assess the distribution, fate, and impact of PCF-derived microplastics on the chemistry, structure, and health of soil.



NMP quality assurance
and control


Aims to develop QA/QC criteria that can evaluate the quality of data of human effect studies.




Microplastics and human
health consortium


Aims to (a) determine the human health effects of micro- and nanoplastic exposure, and (b) propose solutions to minimize their potential health impact.



Data alignment to quantify NMP in the environment and the human body

Aims to (a) develop data alignment tools that facilitate the comparison of microplastic exposure and effect data, and (b) identify data of sufficient confidence and translate them into a range of toxicologically relevant metrics.


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Microplastics in rivers and streams

Aims to understand (a) the transport and retention mechanisms of microplastics in fluvial environments, (b) the exchange of microplastics across the streambed interface, and (c) the transport and retention of microplastics in the shallow aquifer.

Wageningen University

& CRC 1357 Microplastics

& Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

& Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research & University of Beira Interior


The impact of biofouling on fluvial microplastic transport

Aims to (a) quantify the growth of biofilms on microplastics, (b) investigate the effects of biofouling on microplastic vertical transport and resuspension, and (c) incorporate these findings in a riverine transport and fate model.

NWO (Netherlands Research Council)

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Human exposure to

Aims to (a) develop and human exposure probabilistic modelling framework for microplastics, (b) build a PBPK biodistribution model for the human body, and (c) collect data for scenario analyses and validation.

Plastics Europe


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Global probabilistic modelling of microplastic transport

Aims to (a) model fragmentation and fate of microplastics, (b) plastic-associated pathogen transport, and (c) microplastic risks on the global scale, including sensitivity and uncertainty in these models.

Wageningen University

& China Scholarship Council

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Microplastic volume

Aims to (a) evaluate the existing strategies for microplastic volume estimates from 2D images, and (b) develop new models for the 2D-3D translation.

Wageningen University

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Developing MP spectroscopic methods

Aims to develop a robust and high accuracy method to detect nano- and microplastic in environmental samples.

Wageningen University


Microplastic in wastewater, surface and drinking water

Aims to (a) characterize how wastewater technologies affect microplastic emissions in surface waters, and (b) quantify microplastic abundance in different water types and biota samples for human consumption.


& Tsinghua University


Modelling the fate, exposure and risks of microplastics

Aims to (a) develop a harmonized microplastic emission model, (b) a multimedia fate and transport model, (c) a spatiotemporal riverine microplastic transport model, and (d) make a risk assessment for policy makers.



A JPI oceans microplastics research project

Aims to (a) improve quantification nano- and microplastics in oceans and seas, and (b) develop in situ techniques and methods to improve efficacy and efficiency of microplastic monitoring.

JPI Oceans


Microplastic food web accumulation

Aims to (a) determine the microplastic affinity for chemical contaminants in the Norwegian coastal area, (b) study the food web transfer of MP contaminants from zooplankton to cod larvae, and (c) study maternal transfer from cod broodstocks to larvae.

NRC (Norwegian Research Council)

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Chemical bioavailability from nano- and microplastic

Aims to (a) evaluate the chemical dynamics during digestion of plastic and food, (b) assess sorption behaviour of hydrophobic organic contaminants on plastic, (c) assess human exposure to microplastic, and (d) provide a prospective assessment on chemical vector effects.

Wageningen University

& Mendaki Foundation

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Microplastic effect thresholds for aquatic species

Aims to (a) provide rational guidance on testing methods for MP, (b) assess effect thresholds for aquatic organisms, (c) understand factors influencing effect thresholds, and (d) provide guidance for environmental hazard and risk assessment.



Technologies for the risk assessment of microplastic

Aims at developing technologies (a) to detect nano- and microplastics in environmental samples, (b) to assess fate, hazards and effects in the freshwater environment, and (c) to provide prospective present and future risk assessments.


NWO (Netherlands Research Council)


Fate and effects of nano- and microplastic (marine)

Aims to investigate (a) nano- and microplastic pollution of the marine habitat, (b) bioaccumulation of plastic and associated chemicals by marine organisms, (c) effects of plastic ingestion, and (d) risks of food web transfer of MP.

Wageningen University

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