Microplastic effects on plants. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Microplastic effects on plants.
New Phytol. 2019 Mar 18. Epub 2019 Mar 18. PMID: 30883812
Matthias C Rillig
Microplastic effects in terrestrial ecosystems have recently moved into focus, after for about a decade research was limited to aquatic systems. While effects on soil physical properties and soil biota are starting to become apparent, there is not much information on consequence for plant performance. We here propose and discuss mechanistic pathways through which microplastics could impact plant growth, either positively or negatively. These effects will vary as a function of plant species, and plastic type, and thus are likely to translate to changes in plant community composition and perhaps primary production. Our mechanistic framework serves to guide ongoing and future research on this important topic. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.