Characterizations of formed biofilms and microbial communities on microplastics in coastal rivers of Japan

, Battulga Batdulam, Nakayama Masataka, Atarashi-Andoh Mariko, Koarashi Jun.

Plastic debris in the aquatic environment has become a growing concern due to their long-term ecological consequences. Since it is well recognized that plastics provide surfaces for microbial colonization and biofilm formation in the aquatic environment, organic matter cycling can be altered by plastic-associated biofilm due to adhered distinctive microbial functional diversity. Hence, the current study focused on microbial community composition on microplastics (MPs; sizes

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