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Biofilm found on microplastic debris observed

Biofilm found on microplastic debris observed by scanning electron microscopy. This plastic was collected during the May 2014 7th Continent expedition to the North Atlantic ocean gyre, where a vast mass of floating plastic waste has accumulated. The biofilm here is a bacterial community which has developed on plastic debris floating in the sea; this debris has been called the plastisphere.

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