The fate of microplastics during uptake and depuration phases in a blue mussel exposure system

Sinja Rist*, Ida M. Steensgaard, Olgac Guven, Torkel Gissel Nielsen, Lene Hartmann Jensen, Lene Friis Møller, Nanna B. Hartmann

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We present a blue mussel exposure system where the fate of microplastics (polystyrene beads) is tracked during exposure and depuration phases. This enabled the establishment of a complete mass balance. Quantification of beads in mussels was done with a novel enzymatic digestion protocol. We found a similar relative distribution of beads for two environmentally realistic concentrations (5 and 100 beads L-1 ) and no substantial egestion of particles within 2h depuration.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)99-105
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • aquatic invertebrates
  • emerging pollutants
  • enzymatic digestion
  • fate and transport
  • microplastics
  • quantification

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