ENVIROPLANET RESEARCH NEWTORK OF MICRO- & NANOPLASTICS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
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About Us

EnviroPlaNet started its activities in 2020 from the funding provided by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain as a Thematic Research Network specialized in the field of plastic pollution. Since then, the network intends to grow to become a benchmark that provides visibility to different research groups working on issues related to pollution due to plastic waste. Specifically, for those interested in the impact of their smallest fragments, the so-called microplastics and nanoplastics. Our objective is to improve the coordination between groups and to offer possibilities for cooperation in aspects such as the access to research equipment, the coordination of sampling campaigns and the exchange of reserach experiences. We are also interested in topics like methodological standardization and the disseminarion of results to different stakeholders.
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We believe in cooperation

We are a set of research groups from scientific disciplines ranging from Marine Biology and Microbiology to Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry and Engineering. Our purpose is to share our expertise with scientists working in different fields related to the impact of plastic waste on the environment. The ultimate goal is to generate relevant information for stakeholders in aspects like risk management and decision-making.
Anyone interested may contact us using the data from the different groups or directly to the following email address:
webmaster[at]enviroplanet.es
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Our fields of reseach

We have different fields of research, linked by our common interest in plastic pollution. We cover topics that range from monitoring activities to molecular aspects of toxic response in the biota. All of us are highly committed with the dissemination of our results in the benefit of the society, who grant most of our activities via taxes.

MARINE LITTER

Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in the ocean, posing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic problems.

MICROPLASTICS

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are incluced in certain commercial products or result from the breakdown of larger plastics. Microplastics can be harmful to the environment and animal and human health.

NANOPLASTICS

Nanoplastics are plastic particles generally produced during the degradation and manufacturing of plastic objects, which present colloidal behavior and size range from 1 to 1000 nm.

TOXICITY

Plastic products contain additives that can be toxic. Besides, plastic can retain toxic chemicals including persistent organic compounds. Small plastic particles can also accumulate in tissues and exert toxic damage.

RISK ASSESSMENT

Risk assessment puts hazard and exposure together in an attempt to understand the real world danger posed by a chemical based on its intrinsic hazards in the light of anticipated exposure.

ECOLOGICAL IMPACT

The ecological impact is defined as the set of effects left on organisms and their environment due to actions made by humans and natural occurrences. These changes are not necessarily adverse, but they generally are.

REMEDIATION

Environmental remediation is the process of removing contaminants from sites that have been polluted by any kind of human impact, including industrial, manufacturing, mining, residential and commercial activities.

DISSEMINATION

Dissemination is a conscious effort to spread findings, knowledge, and practices to target audiences or to the public at large. It is a responsibility towards society, which is providing most of our funding.