Bits of polystyrene in the guts of tiny, soil-dwelling organisms in the Antarctic, have been found by the scientists raising concern about micro plastics pollution entering the world’s most remote land-based food systems. This poses a great threat to animals across the ecosystem.
Fig1. Styrofoam Fig2. Antarctica without snow (courtesy: Chilean Antarctic Institute)
The infrared imaging
technique used by the researchers allowed them to discover polystyrene; a material
used in Styrofoam in the guts of the spring tails. The organisms likely consumed
the plastic fragments whilst eating their food, as per the researchers.
Plastic pollution is "ubiquitous" as it has reached even remote Polar Regions, says Elisa Bergami of the University of Siena.
Concerns are being raised in the scientific community regarding Styrofoam. Because of its porous material, it can attract organisms as it allows for the formation of moss and other growth.