Presence of plastic particles in waterbirds faeces collected in Spanish lakes

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Título: Presence of plastic particles in waterbirds faeces collected in Spanish lakes
Autor/es: Gil-Delgado Alberti, José Antonio | Guijarro, Daniel | Gosálvez, Rafael U. | López Iborra, Germán M. | Ponz, Adrián | Velasco, Ángel
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Ecología Espacial y del Paisaje (EEP) | Zoología de Vertebrados
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Multidisciplinar para el Estudio del Medio "Ramón Margalef"
Palabras clave: Plastic pollution | Continental lakes | Faeces | Waterbird species
Área/s de conocimiento: Ecología
Fecha de publicación: ene-2017
Editor: Elsevier
Cita bibliográfica: Environmental Pollution. 2017, 220(Part A): 732-736. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2016.09.054
Resumen: Plastic intake by marine vertebrates has been widely reported, but information about its presence in continental waterfowl is scarce. Here we analyzed faeces of waterbirds species (European coot, Fulica atra, mallard, Anas platyrhynchos and shelduck, Tadorna tadorna) for plastic debris in five wetlands in Central Spain. We collected 89 faeces of shelduck distributed in four lakes, 43.8% of them presented plastic remnants. Sixty percent of 10 faeces of European coot and 45% of 40 faeces of mallard contained plastic debris. Plastic debris found was of two types, threads and fragments, and were identified as remnants of plastic objects used in agricultural fields surrounding the lakes. Differences in prevalence of plastic in faeces, number of plastic pieces per excrement and size of the plastic pieces were not statistically significant between waterfowl species. Thus, our results suggest that plastic may also be frequently ingested by waterfowl in continental waters, at least in our study area. Future studies should address this potential problem for waterbird conservation in other wetlands to evaluate the real impact of this pollutant on waterbirds living in inland water.
Patrocinador/es: This work was performed within the framework of Project ECOLAKE 00Ecological patterns in endorheic lakes: the keys to their conservation, CGL2012-3890900 , funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and by the European Union through the European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER) “One way to make Europe”.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/66421
ISSN: 0269-7491 (Print) | 1873-6424 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.09.054
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Revisión científica: si
Versión del editor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.09.054
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