When plants and plastic interact

Overcoming the challenges of plastic detection in plants has made it possible to transfer many of the lessons learned from plant–metal nanoparticle interactions to plastic nanoparticles.

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Fig. 1: A plant root interacting with nanoparticles, such as plastic nanoparticles.


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F.S. was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (project no. 168187) and Innosuisse (project no. 38515.1 IP-EE). All authors were supported by the Adolphe Merkle Foundation.

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Schwab, F., Rothen-Rutishauser, B. & Petri-Fink, A. When plants and plastic interact. Nat. Nanotechnol. 15, 729–730 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41565-020-0762-x

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