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Under-researched and under-reported new findings in microplastic field

Bohdan, Krzysztof; Honeychurch, Kevin C.


Krzysztof Bohdan


After over 20 years of research on microplastic (MP) pollution, there are important areas of study which are still at the inception. In particular, between 2020 and 2023 new findings on MP have emerged, which open new sub-categories of MP research. These research areas include sea surface MP ejection, direct and indirect MP influence on climate and hydrological cycle, small and nano-sized MP analysis and the relationship between MP size and abundance. Not reported or barely mentioned in previous reviews, these globally-relevant findings are here highlighted and discussed with aim to promote their further research that will potentially result in new evidence of detrimental effects of MP pollution on the biosphere.


Bohdan, K., & Honeychurch, K. C. (2024). Under-researched and under-reported new findings in microplastic field. Science of the Total Environment, 918, Article 170466.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 24, 2024
Online Publication Date Jan 28, 2024
Publication Date Mar 25, 2024
Deposit Date Feb 7, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jan 29, 2025
Journal Science of the Total Environment
Print ISSN 0048-9697
Electronic ISSN 1879-1026
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 918
Article Number 170466
Keywords Microplastic effects on climate, Atmospheric microplastics, Nanoplastic analysis, Microplastic cycle, Emerging research in microplastic pollution
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