Microplastics may enter food chain through mosquitoes

Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Microplastics – tiny plastic shards broken down from man-made products such as synthetic clothing, car tyres and contact lenses – litter much of the world's oceans.

  • A team observed mosquito larvae ingesting microscopic plastic beads.
  • They found that many of the particles were transferred into the mosquitoes' adult form, meaning that whatever creatures then ate the flying insects in the wild would also ingest the plastic.
  • The animals known to eat such insects include several species of birds, bats and spiders, all of which are hunted in turn by other animals.

Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment.

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