Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Review article
08 Jul 2020
Review article |  | 08 Jul 2020

What do we know about how the terrestrial multicellular soil fauna reacts to microplastic?

Frederick Büks, Nicolette Loes van Schaik, and Martin Kaupenjohann


Interactive discussion

Status: closed
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (26 May 2020) by Fuensanta García-Orenes
AR by Frederick Büks on behalf of the Authors (26 May 2020)
ED: Publish as is (15 Jun 2020) by Fuensanta García-Orenes
ED: Publish as is (15 Jun 2020) by John Quinton (Executive editor)
AR by Frederick Büks on behalf of the Authors (15 Jun 2020)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Via anthropogenic input, microplastics (MPs) today represent a part of the soil organic matter. We analyzed studies on passive translocation, active ingestion, bioaccumulation and adverse effects of MPs on multicellular soil faunal life. These studies on a wide range of soil organisms found a recurring pattern of adverse effects on motility, growth, metabolism, reproduction, mortality and gut microbiome. However, the shape and type of the experimental MP often did not match natural conditions.