The aim of this study was to investigate some chemical and microbiological characteristics of the soil and the surface biofilm of both polypropylene microplastics and quartz sand. The exposure of sterile samples lasted for 30 days in the soil of a residential area. Some initial chemical and microbiological characteristics of the soil were studied, as well as microbiological characteristics of the biofilm on the surface of materials. This expands the understanding of biofilm formation processes on the surface of microplastics in soil and can be used in processes for removing harmful materials from soil.
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Some microbiological characteristics of the biofilm on the surface of pre-production pellets of polypropylene microplastics after short exposure in the soil
Published: 26 October 2023 by MDPI in The 4th International Electronic Conference on Applied Sciences session Nanosciences, Chemistry and Materials Science
Keywords: biofilm; chemical characteristics; polypropylene microplastics; soil; sulfate-reducing bacteria; the total microbial count