Microbial colonization of microplastics in the Caribbean Sea

Kassandra Dudek, Bianca Cruz, Beth Polidoro & Susanne Neuer
Microplastics in the ocean function as an artificial microbial reef, with unique and diverse communities of eukaryotic and bacterial microbiota colonizing its surface. It is not well understood if the communities in this biofilm, also termed “plastisphere”, are specific for the type of microplastic on which they develop. Here, we carried out a controlled 6-week long in situ incubation experiment of six common plastic polymer in Bocas del Toro, Panama. The community composition of prokaryotes...
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