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ALDEBARAN Hamburg: Elbe Expedition 2021, Day 10

On day 10, four PhD students from the CRC Microplastics visited the Aldebaran crew at the Elbe Expedition 2021 to talk about their research. Among other things, they used exhibits to show the decomposition time of plastic. Matthias Völkl is investigating the effects and behaviour of microplastics at the cellular level. Simon Wieland is researching the cellular interaction of microplastics and is investigating whether microplastic particles can bind to e.g. immune cells. What ultimately leads to their uptake into the cell, and thus into the organism? Nora Meides and Teresa Menzel are working on the formation and degradation of secondary microplastics under simulated environmental influences. (In German)

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WDR: Türen auf 2021 mit der Maus Tag "Mikroplastik Forschung"

Trailer for the "Türen auf mit der Maus Tag 2021". On Sunday 3rd October 2021, the Collaborative Research Centre for Microplastics, together with the team from the Ecological Botanical Garden, has prepared exciting actions for preschoolers and primary schoolers. The video gives some insight into what to expect at the "Türen auf 2021" at the University of Bayreuth. (In German)

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hr: alles wissen

The magazine "alles wissen" was about compostable packaging, innovative recycling, hazardous plasticisers and microplastics in aquatic exosystems. From the Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics you will find contributions from Ruth Freitag, Martin Löder, Julian Brehm and Christian Laforsch. (In German)

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11th Science Talk: "Where does it come from? Where is it in? Is it making us sick? And how do we get rid of it?"

As part of the 11th Science Talks of the "Berchtesgadener Land Schülerforschungszentrum", young people and anyone else interested had the opportunity to get in touch with Christian Laforsch via Zoom and ask their questions about microplastics. The conversation and discussion was moderated by Dr. Stefan Lebernegg. A great format to bring students and scientists in touch! (In German)

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ARD: W wie Wissen "How dangerous are microplastics?"

W wie Wissen is reporting about plastic waste in the kitchen, 30 years of the yellow bag, recycling and bioplastics. Sabine Frühbuss and her camera team visited Anja Ramsperger in the laboratory and interviewed Christian Laforsch about the current state of research in the field of microplastics. The new Science Advances study and the observed effect of the eco-corona are nicely explained in the report. Microplastic particles that were previously in the environment, in this case fresh or salt water, were preferentially absorbed by cells

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BR: Gut zu Wissen "Was Mikroplastik in Gewässern bewirkt"

A very worthwhile contribution on the topic of microplastics. The report by Jan Kerckhoff and his team did a great job of dealing with the complex issue of microplastics and also made clear what research is still needed! Martin Löder shows field sampling in the "Roter Main". Christian Laforsch and Julian Brehm discuss how mussels behave when microplastics in the water becomes a stress factor. (Video is in German)

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Bruker: Meeting Microplastic Experts | FT-IR Microscopy | Microplastics Analysis

The Bruker team Simon Schlindwein and Eric Klein visited us, the Collaborative Research Center Microplastics, at the end of the test phase of the FT-IR LUMOS II. They interviewed our microplastics experts Martin Löder and Julia Möller about the challenges in microplastics analytics and asked the following questions:

What are the pain points in microplastics analytics? What can be detected with FT-IR spectroscopy and what are the advantages of this method? Standardisation and harmonisation in microplastics research? What was your experience with the LUMOS II in the test phase?

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ZDF: WISO "Mikroplastik in Kosmetik"

Cosmetic products such as face creams use microparticles made of polyethylene (PE) to optimize the cream's film-forming properties and to control its viscosity. Both properties are optimized to satisfy consumer demands regarding consistency and the "soft feeling" during creaming. After drying and washing these microparticles will be released into our environment. Does this massively harm our environment like assessed by the WISO reporters?

Unfortunately, there is not yet a clear answer to this question. PE for example is a non-biodegradable polymer and will persist in the environment for a long time and can't be easily removed. If and how microplastics harm ecosystems and what properties of the tiny particles are decisive - this is the research focus of the CRC1357. (Video is in German)

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BR: "Unser Land"

Plastic debris of agricultural mulch- and cover foils as well as used and broken irrigation pipes in nature cause trouble between Regensburg and Straubing. How macro- and microplastics affecting soils, plants and organisms are not yet known. These questions are currently under research. Anita Bach's contribution in the program "Unser Land" broadcasted by Bayerischer Rundfunk draws attention to very careless handling of plastic waste in the environment. It also forwards the wish of the citizens to introduce legal regulations to protect the environment. (Video is in German)

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WDR: Markt "Plastics in the field"

Herbert Kordes and the film team of the WDR have brought a soil sample from a field to the University of Bayreuth. Christian Laforsch, Martin Löder and Julia Möller analyzed the soil sample regarding macro- and microplastics. An exciting tv contribution that shows that far more microplastics can be found in soils than previously thought. (Video is in German)

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BR Podcast RADIOWISSEN: Microplastics - A hopeless fight.

Microplastics are tiny and everywhere: wind and water cause the small parts to spread quickly and can reach even the most remote places on earth. The long-term effects have hardly been researched so far. In this podcast Christian Laforsch talks with Claudia Steiner about this topic.

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Bayerischer Rundfunk: quer mit Christoph Süß

For the contribution "Sauerei auf dem Feld" (mess in the field) for the program quer with Christoph Süß the film team of the Bayerischer Rundfunk filmed in the animal ecology of the University of Bayreuth how microplastics are isolated and analyzed from soil samples. (Video is in German).

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DFG-Exkurs: Microplastics in the environment, Munich

On 12 February 2020 Christian Laforsch took part in the DFG event "Exkurs - Insights into the world of science of the German Research Foundation (DFG)". In the state library of his home town Munich, he talked about "microplastics in the environment - small particles, big impact". (English subtitles on YouTube available).

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BBC Interview: 8th Chemical Sciences and Society Summit, London

Can plastic straws be forbidden? Can plastic really be biodegradable? What are polymer- and environmental chemists currently working on? A group of experts from the four major chemical societies China, Japan, the UK and Germany are discussing that with BBC environmental reporter Laura Foster. Prof. Andreas Greiner, vice speaker of the CRC 1357 Microplastics, from the University of Bayreuth and his colleagues Prof. Xianhong Wang, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry from China, Prof. Charlotte Williams, the University of Oxford from England and Prof. Toshiaki Yoshioka, Tohoku University from Japan also participated in the discussion.

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DAAD research marketing event, Athens, Greece

Together with the Hellenic Open University (HOU) in Athens, the DAAD organized a joint event on the subject of microplastics and thus provided an insight into Germany as a research location. Also some great advertising for the research location Bayreuth. Those who couldn’t attend can watch the event on YouTube.

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3sat nano spezial: German Environmental Award 2019

Soil research for climate protection and plastic recycling for cleaning agents - this year's German Environmental Award 2019 of the DBU goes to a scientist and an entrepreneur. The award winners are presented in this video. As connecting theme 3sat visited the animal ecology of the University of Bayreuth and filmed how Julia Möller and Christian Laforsch are isolating and analyzing microplastics from soil samples. (Video is in German)

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DLD Campus 2019: Plastics - from a problem solver to a problem

Apart from climate change, hardly any other topic in recent months has moved us as much as plastic waste in the world's oceans and the detection of microplastics in local waters and our food chain. Christian Laforsch's research is interested in the formation and effects of microplastics. At the DLD Campus 2019, he gives insights into his current work and presents approaches to solve this environmental problem. (English subtitles on YouTube available)

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