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(NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) How does microbial degradation of plastics work in the ocean? Very little is known about this important process, while vast quantities of plastic litter enters the oceans and threaten marine life. The key factors controlling microbial degradation are largely unknown. NIOZ marine scientist Helge Niemann was awarded a grant of 2 million euro by the European Research Council (ERC) to find out how the process of microbial degradation works in the ocean….

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