Data from: Macrofouling communities and the degradation of plastic bags in the sea: an in situ experiment

Nora-Charlotte Pauli, Jana S. Petermann, Chrisitan Lott & Miriam Weber
The increasing amount of plastic littered into the sea may provide a new substratum for benthic organisms. These marine fouling communities on plastic have not received much scientific attention. We present, to our knowledge, the first comprehensive analysis of their macroscopic community composition, their primary production and the polymer degradation comparing conventional polyethylene (PE) and a biodegradable starch-based plastic blend in coastal benthic and pelagic habitats in the Mediterranean Sea. The biomass of the fouling...
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