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It's not just fish, plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe

20:00 EDT 13 May 2019 | AAAS

(Macquarie University) Ten percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from just one kind of bacteria in the ocean. Now laboratory tests have shown that these bacteria are susceptible to plastic pollution, according to a study published in Communications Biology.'We found that exposure to chemicals leaching from plastic pollution interfered with the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the ocean's most abundant photosynthetic bacteria,' says lead author and Macquarie University researcher Dr. Sasha Tetu.

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