Project logo showing plastic microbeads and IMP, which stand for the project: Impacts of Microplastics in the Irish Freshwater Environment

Impacts of MicroPlastics (IMP) in Irish Fresh Water

Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm. They are widespread in seas and oceans, and their harmful effects on many different marine animals are well known. This project, funded by the EPA, explores the impacts of microplastics on Irish freshwater aquatic organisms and ecosystems.

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This project is funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. It is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has the statutory function of co-ordinating and promoting environmental research.

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Microplastics in Irish Freshwater Environment

Today our years of research culminated in the publication of the EPA Report “Impacts of Microplastics on the Irish Environment”. The report can be found on the EPA website, and is available as a free download to anyone. The study reveals the effects of microplastics […]

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In the top 100

Today we received the news that our paper “Rapid fragmentation of microplastics by the freshwater amphipod Gammarus duebeni (Lillj.)” is placed in the top 100 downloaded papers in Earth Sciences by Scientific Reports. Another feather in the cap of the first author, Dr Alicia Mateos […]

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Many congratulations to Alicia Mateos-C├írdenas on the publication of her thesis. It is looking magnificent! The thesis titled “Impact, Fate and Trophic Transfer of Microplastics in the Freshwater Environment” is the culmination of more than three years of intense work. The research has produced three […]

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