Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Original research article
23 Jul 2020
Original research article |  | 23 Jul 2020

Effects of microplastic and microglass particles on soil microbial community structure in an arable soil (Chernozem)

Katja Wiedner and Steven Polifka


Interactive discussion

Status: closed
Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Mar 2020) by Jeanette Whitaker
AR by Katja Wiedner on behalf of the Authors (14 Apr 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (28 Apr 2020) by Jeanette Whitaker
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 Jun 2020) by Kristof Van Oost (Executive editor)
AR by Katja Wiedner on behalf of the Authors (15 Jun 2020)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Microplastics and microglass are used in a wide range of everyday and industrial applications acting as abrasives, filler and binding agents, which could enter aquatic and terrestrial environments with unexpected consequences for ecosystems. Our study suggests that different types of microparticles seem to have contrary effects on soil microorganisms, depending on the origin and properties of microparticles. This study should be seen as basis for further research, which is urgently needed.