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New CRC 1357 Publication

Hollow rhodoliths gouged by the bivalve Hiatella arctica were collected at the northern coast of Spitsbergen in water depths of 40 and 27 meters. All bivalves were contaminated with microplastics and their polymer composition and abundance differed strongly between the water depths.  ...more

New CRC 1357 Publication

How do microplastic surfaces affect soil fungal communities? Evidence for a selection of pathogens in the plastisphere was just published by C04 in Scientific Reports: "Microplastics accumulate fungal pathogens in terrestrial ecosystems".  ...more

New video in our media library

Christian Laforsch got many exciting questions about microplastics at the 11th science talk of the MINT Academy of the Bertechsgadener Land Student Research Centre. For all that missed this science talk you can find the video in our media library.  ...more

New CRC 1357 Publication

Why does long-term exposure of water fleas with microplastics lead to a reduction of fitness, body size and number of offspring? The downregulation of digestive and essential proteins might be an important reason. Congratulations A01 Team for this new article in Science of the Total Environment!  ...more

New CRC 1357 Publication

How do microplastic particles bind to cells? With blinking optical tweezers, the mechanics of the binding process can be understood. Congratulations to Holger Kress and his colleagues who have now published this method in the Biophysical Journal. The article is accessible free of charge for 50 days!  ...more

New CRC 1357 Publication

B06 and B04 have published their successful interdisciplinary collaboration in the journal Microplastics and Nanoplastics: "Tracing the horizontal transport of microplastics on rough surfaces".They investigated whether and how PMMA microplastic particles are transported horizontally on fine and coarse sandy surfaces.   ...more

Elbe-Expedition 2021: Plastics in our Waters

Our PhD students Teresa Menzel, Nora Meides, Matthias Völkl and Simon Wieland, were allowed to present their research topics on the research and media ship Aldebaran during the Elbe Expedition 2021. You can find more info about their research via this link on the Padlet and "Day 10".  ...more

Contribution "Growing Plastics" in AWE International Magazine

A joint popular science article on microplastics in agricultural soils by Julia Möller, Martin Löder, Ruth Freitag, Eva Lehndorff, Tillmann Lüders and Christian Laforsch.  ...more

Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1357: "Microplastics - Understanding the mechanisms and processes of biological effects, transport and formation: From model to complex systems as a basis for new solutions" investigates the formation, migration and effects of microplastics and develops new approaches to solving this immense environmental problem.

​Introducing the SFB

More than 30 scientists from three profile fields of the University of Bayreuth are researching together in 16 interdisciplinary teams in the SFB Microplastics. ...more

Seminars on Microplastics

CRC 1357 Microplastics Seminars: Mondays 5pm. Our next seminar is guest is Dr. Dirk Broßell on 19th July 2021. ...more

News - Dates - Events

Stay tuned for updates! News from science, activities of the SFB Microplastics as well as dates and events are announced here. ...more

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