Collaboration with Bangor University and University of Warwick.
"Quantifying and understanding the potential role of marine plastic debris for the persistence and dispersal of potentially pathogenic microorganisms is of pressing importance and global significance. This project will characterise the range of microbial colonisation dynamics on microplastics, from their source through to delivery at ocean receptors."
See more on the project’s website http://www.plasticvectors.stir.ac.uk
Moresco V, Oliver DM, Weidmann M, Matallana-Surget S & Quilliam RS (2021) Survival of human enteric and respiratory viruses on plastics in soil, freshwater, and marine environments. Environmental Research, 199, Art. No.: 111367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.111367
Rodrigues A, Oliver D, McCarron A & Quilliam R (2019) Colonisation of plastic pellets (nurdles) by E. coli at public bathing beaches. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 139, pp. 376-380. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.011