Journal article

Microplastics biomonitoring in Australian urban wetlands using a common noxious fish (Gambusia holbrooki)

Lei Su, Bingxu Nan, Kathryn L Hassell, Nicholas J Craig, Vincent Pettigrove

Chemosphere | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019


Biomonitoring microplastics in freshwater ecosystems has been insufficient in comparison with its practice in marine environments. It is an important first step to understand microplastic uptake in organisms when assessing risk in natural freshwater habitats. We conducted microplastic biomonitoring within the Greater Melbourne Area; where the microplastic baseline pollution in freshwater organisms was largely unknown. A common noxious fish species, Gambusia holbrooki, was targeted. Individuals (n = 180) from nine wetlands were analyzed. Uptake pathway, size, weight and gender were examined in relation to microplastic uptake in the body (presumed uptake via gut) and head (presumed uptake via ..

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Awarded by China Scholarship Council

Awarded by Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment & The Ecological Society of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Jessica French and Sarah McDonald for assistance with sample collection. This work was funded by a China Scholarship Council grant (201706140182) with support of the Centre of Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM), University of Melbourne. This work was partially funded by The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment & The Ecological Society of Australia (TA103146).