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Research Shows Nanoplastics Can Accumulate in Plants

A study by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Shandong University revealed that nanoplastics can accumulate in plants. The researchers state, “Plant accumulation of nanoplastics can have both direct ecological effects and implications for agricultural sustainability and food safety.” UMass Amherst environmental scientist Baoshan Xing explains, “Our experiments have given us evidence of nanoplastics uptake and accumulation in plants in the laboratory at the tissue and molecular level using microscopic, molecular, and genetic approaches.” Plants in this study that were exposed to nanoplastics were shorter and had less biomass than controls.