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.
Microplastics and human
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.
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.
& 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)
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.
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.
& China Scholarship Council
Aims to (a) evaluate the existing strategies for microplastic volume estimates from 2D images, and (b) develop new models for the 2D-3D translation.
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.
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)
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.
& Mendaki Foundation
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.