Maxwell Helmberger

Maxwell Helmberger: microplastics in ecology

Maxwell Helmberger
Maxwell Helmberger

Microplastics—tiny plastic beads, fragments, and fibers released from personal care products, plastic waste, and laundering of synthetic fabrics—have long been understood to contaminate the ocean. Only recently have scientists learned they’re also prevalent in the soils human society depends on.

In our latest Insight, Maxwell Helmberger of Michigan State University talks about his new Review paper: Towards an ecology of soil microplastics, and what led him to write it.

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