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A microplastic used as infill material in artificial sport turfs reduces plant growth

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VAN KLEUNEN, Mark, Anna BRUMER, Lisa GUTBROD, Zhijie ZHANG, 2020. A microplastic used as infill material in artificial sport turfs reduces plant growth. In: Plants, People, Planet. Wiley. 2(2), pp. 157-166. ISSN 2572-2611. eISSN 2572-2611. Available under: doi: 10.1002/ppp3.10071

@article{vanKleunen2020-03micro-46491, title={A microplastic used as infill material in artificial sport turfs reduces plant growth}, year={2020}, doi={10.1002/ppp3.10071}, number={2}, volume={2}, issn={2572-2611}, journal={Plants, People, Planet}, pages={157--166}, author={van Kleunen, Mark and Brumer, Anna and Gutbrod, Lisa and Zhang, Zhijie} }

eng 2019-07-24T06:33:56Z van Kleunen, Mark Gutbrod, Lisa Zhang, Zhijie van Kleunen, Mark Brumer, Anna - The Anthropocene is, among other factors, characterized by the accumulation of plastic in the environment. While studies on the consequences of plastic pollution for animals, particularly in aquatic environments, have increased in recent years, much less is known about potential effects of plastic pollution on plants in terrestrial environments.<br /> - Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is a microplastic used in artificial sport turfs. Here, we tested in two separate experiments the effects of different concentrations of EPDM on the performance of Plantago lanceolata and on competition between seven grassland‐plant species.<br /> - At very low concentrations of the EPDM granules, growth of P. lanceolata was slightly improved, but at concentrations of 5% and higher there were strong negative effects on survival and growth. These negative effects were found under low and high nutrient conditions, and for all tested species. The EPDM granules also negatively affected the root weight ratio, which indicates that the root system was more strongly affected than the shoot. Due to the strong negative effects on plant growth, the granules also reduced the competitive interactions between plants.<br /> - Our study shows that it is not only animals in aquatic environments that may be affected by plastic pollution, and that this may also be the case for wild plants in terrestrial ecosystems. Zhang, Zhijie Gutbrod, Lisa Brumer, Anna 2020-03 2019-07-24T06:33:56Z Attribution 4.0 International A microplastic used as infill material in artificial sport turfs reduces plant growth

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