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First evidence of microplastics ingestion in benthic amphipods from Svalbard
- Iannilli, Valentina, Pasquali, Vittorio, Setini, Andrea, Corami, Fabiana
- Environmental research 2019
- Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Gammarus, benthic organisms, food webs, habitats, ingestion, microplastics, predators, staining, Arctic region, Norway
- The present paper provides the first record of ingestion of microplastics in natural context by Gammarus setosus from Svalbard Archipelago. The plastic particles were identified both by Nile Red staining and Micro FT-IR spectroscopy. The species studied ingests microplastic particles in natural conditions if present in its habitat, probably mistaking them as food. The microplastic particles ingested may be available for uptake to predators that consume this Arctic amphipod, producing consequences to the food web.