EPHEMARE

Title

EPHEMARE

Start Date

2016

End Date

2018

Funding Body

The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans)

Coordinator

Universidade de Vigo

Research Area

 Marine Governance

Key Contact

Kathrin Kopke 

Website

EPHEMARE 

Introduction

Microplatics show the potential to play a remarkable role in the incorporation and trophic transfer of pollutants into marine food webs. The toxic effects of microplastics on marine organisms are unclear and need further investigation.

EPHEMARE – Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics in marine ecosystems – aims to address this need through a multidisciplinary consortium of 14 Partner Institutes from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and microplastics experts from the UK. EPHEMARE is one of four approved projects following the 2014 JPI Oceans Pilot Call on ecological effects of microplastics.

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EPHEMARE, targets (1) the uptake, tissue distribution, final fate and effects of microplastics in organisms representative of pelagic and benthic ecosystems, and (2) the potential role of microplastics as vectors of model Persistent Pollutants that readily adsorb to their surfaces. The European consortium includes experts in biological effects of marine pollutants at molecular, cellular, physiological and organismic levels, up to-date singular facilities for aquatic toxicity testing under strict conditions, and some of the world leading teams in microplastics research and incorporates capacity to communicate project findings to a range of audiences and stakeholders.