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U of T ecologist calls for more research into microplastic pollution in freshwater

Plastic trash on a beach

Plastic fragments, including microplastics, are now ubiquitous on land, in freshwaters, and in the ocean. Photo: Florida Sea Grant/Flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND.

Research on microplastic pollution has focused on the ocean, but Chelsea Rochman of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology is calling for more research into microplastic pollution in lakes, streams, rivers and on land.

“Microplastic research must be global and include a greater understanding of the scale, fate, and effects of microplastic pollution at all stages, from its sources via freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems to its ocean sink.”