Microplastics profile along the Rhine River

Thomas Mani, Armin Hauk, Ulrich Walter & Patricia Burkhardt-Holm

Microplastics result from fragmentation of plastic debris or are released to the environment as pre-production pellets or components of consumer and industrial products. In the oceans, they contribute to the great garbage patches. They are ingested by many organisms, from protozoa to baleen whales, and pose a threat to the aquatic fauna. Although as much as 80% of marine debris originates from land, little attention was given to the role of rivers as debris pathways to the sea. Worldwide, not a single great river has yet been studied for the surface microplastics load over its length. We report the abundance and composition of microplastics at the surface of the Rhine, one of the largest European rivers. Measurements were made at 11 locations over a stretch of 820 km. Microplastics were found in all samples, with 892,777 particles km −2 on average. In the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, a peak concentration of 3.9 million particles km −2 was measured. Microplastics concentrations were diverse along and across the river, reflecting various sources and sinks such as waste water treatment plants, tributaries and weirs. Measures should be implemented to avoid and reduce the pollution with anthropogenic litter in aquatic ecosystems.

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Isocost Lines Describe the Cellular Economy of Genetic Circuits

Andras Gyorgy , José I. Jiménez , John Yazbek , Hsin-Ho Huang , Hattie Chung , Ron Weiss , Domitilla Del Vecchio

For those interested in scientific publications, please find an article written by José Jiminez, our principal investigator of University of Surrey (USU):

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Workshop on Synthetic Biology in Luxembourg

Venue: 10 December 2015, La Maison Du Savoir Belval, Esch an der Alzette, Luxembourg

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Synthetic biology lures Silicon Valley investors

Synthetic biology´s huge market potential has attracted the interest of Silicone Valley´s technology investors!

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BioSC Newsletter

We are in the spotlight again of the BioSC Newsletter (available in German only).

More information: Das EU-Projekt P4SB

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Successful R&I in Europe 2015

Venue: 5 - 6 November 2015, Van der Valk Airporthotel, Düsseldorf, Germany

On Friday, 6 November 2015 (Day 2) at 9:45 Prof. Lars Blank presents P4SB (topic: Life Sciences) as a Success Story in Europe based in NRW!

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