Development and application of tests for microplastic detection in soil

Promovendus Fabio FA (Fabio) Corradini
Promotor prof.dr. V (Violette) Geissen
Copromotor dr. E (Esperanza) Huerta Lwanga
Organisatie Wageningen University, Leerstoelgroep Bodemfysica en Landmanagement

di 26 januari 2021 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Online

Samenvatting (Engelstalig):

Microplastics threat ecosystems health. Scientists have risen concerns on the implication of microplastics accumulation in soils. They have theorized that direct human activities rank first among the pathways microplastics traverse to enter soils. However, the lack of soil tests for microplastics detection and quantification hampers scientists attempts to validate their theories. The PhD thesis aims to contribute to the growing body of evidence that identifies and understands the sources and dynamics of microplastics in terrestrial ecosystems. It intends to shed light on the occurrence of microplastics across different land uses and to reveal major pollution sources. To embrace its endeavour, it proposes in the first chapters the development of novel soil tests to quantify and identify microplastics in soils. In the last two chapters, it deploys the methods to collect evidence on human influence on soil microplastic pollution at different temporal and spatial resolutions.