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22 January 2019 · In the Media

Peat moss devices monitor polystyrene plastic pollution

A recent article that appeared in Botany One highlights that our Italian colleagues in the EU FP7-funded MOSSclone project have shown that the invented device containing peat moss Sphagnum palustre is also capable to monitor plastic pollution - besides air pollution for which we invented this tool in the first place. In the Italian study, polystyrene nanoparticles entrapped in the devices increased with increasing exposure time, which means that this is a suitable measuring method. The used devitalized S. palustre material was even better at retaining nanoparticles than living material. Moreover, the production of this measuring material is sustainable, since we produced the mosses from clones in bioreactors.

Source: Botany One

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