The Unexplored World of the Plastisphere


New research presents an exploration and analysis into the unexplored world of the "Plastisphere" an ecological community of microbial organisms that live on ocean plastic that was initially discovered in 2013.

The researchers reveal how these microbial organisms living on floating pieces of plastic marine debris affect the ocean ecosystem, and the potential harm they pose to invertebrates, humans and other animals.



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Programs whose purpose is to preserve, protect, and where possible, improve the environment. Biodiversity Programs; Ecosystems




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Impact of Procurement Law on Social Enterprise


Impact of Procurement Law on Social Enterprise

Chris Brophy, partner at Capsticks Solicitors LLP, explains the impact does procurement law have on social and mutual enterprises. Brophy states that in order to enable a social or mutual enterprise to succeed, it needs “to give the existing work-force, service-user base and relevant stakeholders the time and opportunity to develop a new organization.”




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