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Toxic bacteria found on microplastics around Singapore's coastline


NUS doctoral student Emily Curren examines microplastic samples collected from coastal areas of Singapore.PHOTO: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE.

NUS doctoral student Emily Curren examines microplastic samples collected from coastal areas of Singapore.PHOTO: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): Toxic bacteria capable of causing coral bleaching and wound infections in humans have been found on microplastics picked up from the Republic's coastline between April and July 2018.

Marine scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS) found more than 400 different types of bacteria on 275 pieces of microplastics collected from three beaches - Lazarus Island, Sembawang Beach and Changi Beach.

   

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