We’re taking the news bulletins out and about – which we do from time to time, across the nations and regions, right around the UK – and I’m delighted that our latest travels have brought us to the University of Plymouth. I’ve been so lucky to get on a research boat with Professor Thompson, the ‘Godfather of Microplastics’ and find out more about the extraordinary research he and his team are working on. It’s an important and surprising story.
We’ve been thrilled to work with the BBC on this incredible opportunity to showcase some of the world-leading research that goes on here in Plymouth and I am grateful to everyone involved in making this happen.
Judith Petts CBE
Professor Richard Thompson and Sophie Raworth
Collecting sediment from the riverbed by the Tamar Bridge
Sophie Raworth, Professor Richard Thompson and Florence Parker-Jurd
Scientists continue work to establish the fate and impact of tyre wear particles in the environment
The University has been studying the presence of tyre particles in the marine environment longer than any other organisation in the UK.
International Marine Litter Research Unit
Marine litter is a global environmental problem with items of debris now contaminating habitats from the poles to the equator, from the sea surface to the deep sea.