Fungal Digestion of Microplastics
Arts and Sciences
Plastic pollution has been a growing concern ever since the first mass produced form of synthetic plastic was created in 1907. The extent and effects associated with decades of plastic and microplastic pollution are the focus of current scientific studies, and methodology to quantify and identify the presence of microplastics in both land and aquatic environments. The purpose of this study is to determine the best conditions to degrade microplastics effectively. This was determined through the use of several forms of Fungi to observe and report changes in the microplastics, as well as possible changes in the microplastics due to prior environmental exposure such as heat that can affect the digestion.
Powell, Maranda; Wendland, Heather; Moretti, Megan; and LaRose, Deuce, "Fungal Digestion of Microplastics" (2021). Summer Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. 98.