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New method for detecting microplastics beneath our feet

Researchers from CRC CARE have developed a new method to detect microplastics in the ground using infrared light and powerful visualisation software.  Dr. Megharaj Mallavarapu says that this research fills an important knowledge gap as most research on microplastic detection has focused on the marine environment, not on the land.  "There are vast quantities of microplastics that have accumulated in the ground. Microplastics present a potential health risk as they can carry and then leach harmful contaminants, this could be especially important when it comes to agricultural soil," he says.  Read more....



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