In today's episode of the podcast, our guest is Linda Amaral-Zettler, from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.
Linda tells us about plastic pollution in the ocean, the “plastic soup”, and explains what the plastisphere is, the microbes that live on plastic.
These organisms develop and travel on floating plastic debris as they are transported by currents. In some cases, the organisms are harmful and as they travel, they end up in places where they don’t belong, introducing diseases in those areas with an impact on the marine life present there.
On the other end, some of these microorganisms can produce molecules that can be useful to address some of the challenges we face.
So listen to our conversation to find out why and how we study the plastisphere in AtlantECO.
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