Special Issue "Microplastics in the Marine Environment, Freshwater and Sewage Sludge: Occurrence and Biological Impact on Aquatic Organisms"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tiziana Cappello
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, Viale F. Stagno d’Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: environmental metabolomics; aquatic ecotoxicology; biomonitoring and remediation strategies; environmental risk assessment; metals; emergent pollutants (i.e. microplastics, nanoparticles); marine invertebrates; fish; metabolic pathways; biomarkers in ecotoxicity
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Banni
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Agrobiodiversity and Ecotoxicology LR02AGR21, Higher Institute of Agronomy, University of Sousse, 4042 Sousse/ Higher Institute of Biotechnology, Monastir, Tunisia
Interests: environmental transcriptomic; environemental risk assessment; emergent contaminants (i.e., micro/nanoplastic); biomonitoring strategies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plastics have achieved a crucial status in modern society, with extensive use in a myriad of applications because of their favorable properties. Despite the undeniable societal advantages of plastics, and because of their large production and widespread daily consumption, associated with often-inadequate collection and recycling systems, plastics have become a growing global concern due to their ubiquitous persistence and bioavailability in aquatic biota as microplastics, and nanoplastics. Though in recent decades, the scientific community has largely focused on the occurrence of microplastics in aquatic environments, the body of knowledge regarding the accumulation and biological effects of environmental microplastics is still significantly limited compared to that on manufactured microplastics.Moreover, there are still several aspects that need deeper investigation, such as the release of additives from microplastics, interactions between microplastics and environmental pollutants, as well as their transfer through different trophic levels following ingestion, with serious implications for predators, including humans.

Therefore, this Special Issue welcomes any novel exciting research on microplastics occurrence in aquatic environments, with a special focus on the impact they might have on the ecosystem and biota, including their transfer through the food web and possible implications for human health. Studies exploring innovative methodologies for the characterization and quantification of microplastics in environmental matrices and biota, as well as for their elimination or for the mitigation of their harmfulness, or focusing on natural biodegradable materials that can replace plastics, are also welcome.

Dr. Tiziana Cappello
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Banni
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microplastics
  • nanoplastics
  • bioplastics
  • microplastic-adsorbed contaminants
  • aquatic organisms
  • transfer through the food web
  • analytic techniques
  • environmental risk assessment
  • ecosystem and human health
  • biomarkers and -omics approaches

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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