1st Edition

Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments

    466 Pages
    by CRC Press

    466 Pages
    by CRC Press

    The manufacture of plastic as well as its indiscriminate disposal and destruction by incineration pollutes atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic ecosystems. Synthetic plastics do not break down; they accumulate in the environment as macro-, micro-, and nanoplastics. These particulate plastics are a major source of pollutants in soil and marine ecosystems. Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments provides a fundamental understanding of the sources of these plastics and the threats they pose to the environment. The book demonstrates the ecotoxicity of particulate plastics using case studies and offers management practices to mitigate particulate plastic contamination in the environment.


    ·       Describes physical and chemical properties of particulate plastics in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

    ·       Presents information on characteristics of particulate plastics as impacted by weathering processes

    ·       Provides numerous approaches for managing particulate plastic contamination

    ·       Identifies sources of particulate plastics in the environment; distribution and characteristics of particulate plastics; and management strategies of particulate plastics

    Written by a global team of scientists, this book is for researchers in the fields of environmental safety and waste management or individuals interested in the impact of particulate plastics on environmental health.

    Section I: Sources of particulate plastics in the environment. 1 Sources of particulate plastics in terrestrial ecosystems. 2 Particulate plastics from agriculture. 3 Polyacrylamide (PAM) as a source of particulate plastics in the terrestrial environment. 4 Analytical methods for particulate plastics in soil and water. Section II: Distribution and characteristics of particulate plastics. 5 An introduction to the chemistry and manufacture of plastics. 6 Interaction of dissolved organic matter with particulate plastics. 7 Characteristics of particulate plastics in terrestrial ecosystems. 8 Facilitated transport of zinc on plastic colloids throuth soil columns. 9 Microbial Plastisphere: Microbial habitation of particulate plastics in terrestrial and aquatic environments. 10 Aggregation behavior of particulate plastics and its implications. Section III: Ecotoxicity of particulate plastics. 11 Environmentally toxic components of plastic manufacture. 12 Particulate plastics as vectors of heavy metal(loid)s. 13 Water relations and cadmium uptake of wheat grown in soil with particulate plastics. 14 Microplastics as vectors of chemicals and microorganisms in the environment. 15 Ecological impacts of particulate plastics in marine ecosystems. 16 Sub-lethal responses to microplastic ingestion in invertebrates: Toward a mechanistic understanding using energy flux. 17 Particulate plastics and human health. Section IV: Case studies of particulate plastics in the environment. 18 Status of particulate marine plastics in Sri Lanka: Research gaps and policy needs. 19 Case studies of particulate plastic distribution and ecotoxicity in Japan. 20 Particulate plastic distribution and ecotoxicity in marine ecosystems and a case study in Thailand. 21 The current status of plastics: A New Zealand perspective. 22 Plastic food for fledgling short-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostris): A case study. Section V: Management of particulate plastics. 23 Management of particulate plastic waste input to terrestrial and aquatic environments. 24 Evaluation and mitigation of the environmental impact of synthetic microfibers. 25 Biodegradable bioplastics: A silver bullet to plastic pollution?


    Nanthi S. Bolan, PhD, is Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Bolan is a Fellow of American Soil Science Society, American Society of Agronomy, and New Zealand Soil Science Society, and was awarded the Communicator of the Year award by the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Sciences. He has published more than 400 book chapters and journal papers, and was awarded the M.L. Leamy Award by NZ Soil Science Society in recognition of the most meritorious contribution to soil science. He has served as the Associate Editor of Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology and Technical Editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality. Dr. Bolan is one of the Web of Science Globally Highly Cited Researchers for 2018 and 2019.

    M.B. Kirkham, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University (Manhattan). Dr. Kirkham has written three textbooks dealing with soil-plant-water relations and is the author or coauthor of more than 300 contributions to scientific publications and is on the editorial boards of 16 journals. Dr. Kirkham is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been elected honorary member of the International Union of Soil Sciences; and has received several awards, including, most recently, the International Soil Science Award from the Soil Science Society of America.

    Claudia Halsband, PhD, is a marine ecologist and Senior Scientist at Akvaplan-niva, a private research institute in Tromsø (Norway), where she leads the Ecosystem Understanding section with a focus on arctic environmental issues. Dr. Halsband has published >40 papers and is a former EU Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow. She is a member of ARCTOS (ARCTic marine ecOSystem research network), the World Association of Copepodologists (WAC), and a former founding member of APECS (the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists).

    Dayanthi Nugegoda, PhD, is Professor of Ecotoxicology at RMIT University and a lead researcher in the Aquatic Environmental Stress (AQUEST) Research Group. Her group has developed novel methods to assess monitor and evaluate the effect of toxicants and environmental stressors on aquatic organisms, and ecosystems. She has published >160 peer reviewed journal articles, 3 books, 5 book chapters, and >30 reports to industry. In 2014, she was awarded a visiting Professorship at Tianjin, Chengxian University, China; In 2009, she served as a Visiting Professorship at the Helmholtz Research Centre for Environment and Health, Munich, Germany; and a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Flinders University Research Centre for Coastal and Catchment Environments. In 2019, she was awarded the RMIT Vice-Chancellors Award for Research Impact.

    Yong Sik Ok, PhD, is a Full Professor and Global Research Director of Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Together with graduate students and colleagues, Dr. Ok has published over 700 research papers, 60 of which have been ranked as Web of Science ESI top papers (56 nominated as “highly cited papers” [HCPs] and 4 nominated as “hot papers”). He has been a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) since 2018. In 2019, he became the first Korean to be selected as an HCR in the field of Environment and Ecology. He maintains a worldwide professional network through his service as an Editor (former Co-Editor in Chief) of the Journal of Hazardous Materials, Co-Editor for Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Associate Editor for Environmental Pollution and Bioresource Technology, and as a member of the editorial boards of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Chemical Engineering Journal, Chemosphere, and Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, along with several other top journals. He has served in a number of positions worldwide including as Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland (Australia), Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University (China), Adjunct Professor at the University of Wuppertal (Germany), and Guest Professor at Ghent University (Belgium). He currently serves as Director of the Sustainable Waste Management Program for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). He has served as chairman of numerous major conferences such as Engineering Sustainable Development, organized by the APRU and the Institute for Sustainability of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).