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http://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/en/m/science/news/small-pieces-of-plastics-could-be-toxic-for-the-organisms/ ?Small pieces of plastics could be toxic for the organisms? Cristina Fossi?s research aims to determine the effects of microplastics on marine animals. Aboard of Tara, she is collecting krill and other microorganisms. During other sampling campaigns, she is collecting whale biopsy. For the professor on ecotoxicology in Italy, the only way to solve the problem of macro and microplastics in the Mediterranean is to work on a global scale: all countries must enforce the Barcelona Convention and follow the Marine Litter Action Plan. What kind of research are you doing at the University of Sienna? Our group is a biomarker lab from Sienna. For the past 20 years we have been involved in a study of the impact of contaminants on Mediterranean marine organisms. In the last 5 years we have focused especially on the potentially impact of microplastics in the Mediterranean, and in particular in the Pelagos area. In fact we published in 2012 the first paper on the impact of the microplastics on whales. We think it?s a very important topic because it?s probably one of the species that can be largely impacted by microplastics. Each time a whale opens its mouth, it filters 70 000 litters of water. So that?s one of the largest filter feeder species of microplastics in the world!