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The New Plastic Threat to Marine Life

Microplastics are merging with bacteria and turning into large clumps in sea water, scientists have discovered. 

Glue-like molecules emitted by bacteria - called biopolymers - join with the plastic particles to form large masses.

Scientists have warned that these 'complex' masses pose a threat to marine wildlife as they can easily mistake them for food.

They also warn that this clumping could divert the flow of food from the surface to the seafloor, potentially causing deep sea creatures to starve.


 
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Officials Document Water Hyacinth in Kerala since 1914 - Water hyacinth is a free floating aquatic plant that is native to South America. One of the fastest growing plants known, water hyacinth can double their population in two weeks. When not controlled, the aquatic plant will cover lakes and ponds entirely, dramatically affecting water flow, blocking sunlight from native aquatic plants and starves the water of oxygen, often killing fish and turtles.


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