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Title: Microbial hitchhikers on marine plastic debris: Human exposure risks at bathing waters and beach environments
Authors: Keswani, Anisha
Oliver, David
Gutierrez, Tony
Quilliam, Richard
Contact Email: david.oliver@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Marine plastic debris
Microplastics
Biofilms
Pathogens
Bathing water quality
Public health
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Keswani A, Oliver D, Gutierrez T & Quilliam R (2016) Microbial hitchhikers on marine plastic debris: Human exposure risks at bathing waters and beach environments, Marine Environmental Research, 118, pp. 10-19.
Abstract: Marine plastic debris is well characterized in terms of its ability to negatively impact terrestrial and marine environments, endanger coastal wildlife, and interfere with navigation, tourism and commercial fisheries. However, the impacts of potentially harmful microorganisms and pathogens colonising plastic litter are not well understood. The hard surface of plastics provides an ideal environment for opportunistic microbial colonisers to form biofilms and might offer a protective niche capable of supporting a diversity of different microorganisms, known as the “Plastisphere”. This biotope could act as an important vector for the persistence and spread of pathogens, faecal indicator organisms (FIOs) and harmful algal bloom species (HABs) across beach and bathing environments. This review will focus on the existent knowledge and research gaps, and identify the possible consequences of plastic-associated microbes on human health, the spread of infectious diseases and bathing water quality.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/23271
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.04.006
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: Keswani A, Oliver D, Gutierrez T & Quilliam R (2016) Microbial hitchhikers on marine plastic debris: Human exposure risks at bathing waters and beach environments, Marine Environmental Research, 118, pp. 10-19. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.04.006 © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Biological and Environmental Sciences

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