Programma di Ricerche in Artico Title: Small MICROplastics bioindicaToRs in the changing ArctiC EnviRonment
Principal Investigator ISP: Gabriella Caruso
Research Unit Leader ISP: Fabiana Corami
Leading Institution: Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP)
Funding: Ministry for University and Research - Artic Research Program (MUR-PRA)
Period of activity: 2021 - 2023

Climate-induced changes in Artic environments are likely to have strong impacts on microplastics distribution and need to be studied. Sink, sources and transfer pathways of small microplastics (<100 µm) in the environment, as well as their potential effects on biota in remote areas such as the Svalbard region are still unknown. Sediments and selected invertebrate species will be investigated to evaluate the entrance of plastic debris into the food web, their role as vectors of contaminants and bacteria and consequent potential risks.

MICROTRACER aims at evaluating the distribution of small plastics (<100 μm) fragments in the Arctic environment as a function of the climate change, as well as at evaluating their role as potential vectors of bacteria and pollutants. The research will contribute to identify species indicators and stress markers of plastic pollution at different sites of the Svalbard Islands.

Project Partners
• ENEA Casaccia Research Centre (Rome) – Lab of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Italy)
• University La Sapienza (Rome) – Dept. Of Biology and Biotechnologies - Rome (Italy)
• University of Padua – Dept. of Chemistry (Italy)

ministero Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale
L'Italia e l’Artico
L’Italia e l’Antartide

logo pnra trasparente piccolo logo  PRA

   National Research Council
   Institute of Polar Sciences
   c/o Scientific Campus - Ca' Foscari University Venice - Via Torino, 155 - 30172 VENEZIA MESTRE (VE)
   Phone: +39 041 2348547 - E-mail: protocollo.isp AT pec.cnr.it
   Fax: +39 041 2348 549 - Codice Fiscale: 80054330586 - P.I.:02118311006

   Unless otherwise indicated, the content of this site is licensed : Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

   Privacy policy e Cookie policy - Transparent administration (CNR)