How Microplastic Harms the Plant Life
Plastic is the most usable and cheap material. It is widely used for packaging, transportation, goods production, and other purposes. Plastic packaging can serve for decades when correctly exploited but it is perceived as expendable material.
Millions of disposable bags, bottles, boxes, straws, cups, and packaging film are released into the environment every month contaminating our planet.
It is widely known how such pollution harms our planet and all living creatures on it but until recently no single study was taken in order to learn how emitted plastic affects plant life.
Microplastic is the final degradation product of plastic which is the smallest part of decomposed plastic.
These particles could penetrate the human body causing prolonged harm to the internal organs and respiratory system. Microplastic penetrates the Earth and every living creature.
USA scientists have conducted a study in order to learn how microplastic that penetrates the soil affects plant growth and health. The study was based on two plantings of the Thale cress flower.
Thale cress flowers were planted in two pots filled with soil. The soil in the first pot was clean while the soil from the second one was contaminated with microplastic. Polluted soil affected very badly the Thale cress flowers according to the scientists.
Grown sprouts were weak and frail, incapable to give yields. Future yields are expected to be weak and degraded. Studied sprouts featured short and thin roots, breakable leaves, and short sprouts length.
This study clearly illustrates the harmful effect of microplastic. Nature’s pollution with microplastic particles is gaining momentum. Microplastic particles were found in Antarctic waters, in the winds, and in the rainwater in American West.
Microplastic penetrates the soil and study results show that such pollution can significantly decrease the earth’s fertility and productivity of food cultures. Studied plants planted in the soil, contaminated with microplastic particles didn’t bring a harvest. Humanity may face a horrific food crisis if plastic contamination will not be reduced or put under strict control.
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