Journal article

Temporal and spatial variations of microplastics in roadside dust from rural and urban Victoria, Australia: Implications for diffuse pollution

Lei Su, Bingxu Nan, Nicholas J Craig, Vincent Pettigrove

Chemosphere | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020


Microplastic pollution is an important issue for environmental management as their ubiquity in marine and freshwaters has been confirmed. Pollution sources are key to understanding how microplastics travel from land to open oceans. Given that information regarding microplastic transport from diffuse sources is limiting, we conducted a study on roadside dust from rural and urban Victoria, Australia, over two seasons. Any deposited fugitive dust and particulate matter may also be present in our samples. The average microplastic abundance over two seasons ranged from 20.6 to 529.3 items/kg (dry weight based), with a predominant portion of fibers and items less than 1 mm. Polyester and polypropy..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by China Scholarship Council

Awarded by Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment

Awarded by Ecological Society of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

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 workwas partially funded by The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment & The Ecological Society of Australia (TA103146).