Instituto de Ecología AC
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil), Pontifícia Univ. Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), Sun Yat-Sen University (China), Northwest University (China), German Primate Center (Germany), Robert Koch Institute (Germany), Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour (Germany), Univ. Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Mexico), Chubu University (Japan), Kyoto University (Japan), Makerere University (Uganda), Universidad de Cádiz (Spain), George Washington University (United States), Northwestern University (United States), Hunter College (United States), University of Wisconsin, Madison (United States), Indiana University (United States), Indiana University (United States)
The objective of this large project, involving 19 academic institutions across eight countries, is to assess how microplastics threaten biodiversity globally, using primates as a model group.
Partners will build and train an international team of researchers and conservationists to establish standard methodologies, conduct assessments, and eventually continue investigations into microplastics in their home and research countries.
As part of this project, the collaborating network will use standardized procedures and technological advances to collect dung samples from 88 populations of primates across the world, representing 37 separate species. The analysis of these samples will help assess the health risks the animals are experiencing, through the documentation of changes in microbiomes, the organic compounds and pesticides found in the samples, and the presence of breakdown compounds from plastics that are hormone disrupters.
2021-03-21 to 2021-09-01