Navigation Links
Dining out in an ocean of plastic: How foraging albatrosses put plastic on the menu
Date:10/29/2009

The North Pacific Ocean is now commonly referred to as the world's largest garbage dump with an area the size of the continental United States covered in plastic debris. The highly mobile Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), which forages throughout the North Pacific, is quickly becoming the poster child for the effects of plastic ingestion on marine animals due to their tendency to ingest large amounts of plastic.

Reporting in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, Dr. Lindsay Young of the University of Hawaii and her colleagues examined whether Laysan albatrosses nesting on Kure Atoll and Oahu, Hawaii, 2,150 km away, ingested different amounts of plastic by putting miniaturized tracking devices on birds to follow them at sea and examining their regurgitated stomach contents. Surprisingly, birds from Kure Atoll ingested almost ten times the amount of plastic compared to birds from Oahu.

Data from the tracking devices revealed that the birds were distributed over separate areas of the North Pacific during the breeding season and that birds from Kure overlapped considerably with the area of the 'western garbage patch' off of Asia which resulted in their greatly increased plastic ingestion.

"We were very surprised with the results," indicates lead author Lindsay Young. "We suspected that there may be some differences in the amount of plastic that was ingested, but to discover that birds on Kure Atoll ingested ten times the amount of plastic compared to birds on Oahu was shocking. Particularly since the colony on Oahu is less than an hour outside of urban Honolulu, and is much closer to the garbage patch in the Eastern Pacific between Hawaii and California that has received so much attention."

Young indicates that these results were further supported when the plastic items were examined virtually all of the plastic pieces recovered from birds on Kure Atoll had Asian characters on them indicating their like
'/>"/>

Contact: Rebecca Walton
rwalton@plos.org
44-122-346-3333
Public Library of Science
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Dissecting the dining habits of prawns
2. UBC researcher reveals humpback whales dining habits -- and costs
3. UBC researchers find key microbial indicator of ocean health
4. Texas A&M oceanographer receives $3.7 million grant to study Gulf dead zone
5. 2009 Deep Ocean Odyssey
6. Climate change meets ocean life in new northeast research institute
7. Ocean observing scientists and marine industries teaming up to sustainably monitor the water column
8. Genetic sex determination let ancient species adapt to ocean life
9. U of C alumnus finds high numbers of heat-loving bacteria in cold Arctic Ocean
10. Impact of renewable energy on our oceans must be investigated, say scientists
11. Ancient oceans offer new insight into the origins of animal life
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/2/2014)... of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human ... Institutes of Health, have named Elizabeth P. Tuck, ... School in Columbus, Ohio, the first ASHG/NHGRI Genetics ... , The Genetics and Education Fellowship is intended ... experience, and network to prepare for a career ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... of Evolutionary Biology study provides evidence that ... diversification. , Investigators argue that the same factor ... Galpagos Islands is also responsible for the linguistic ... barriers that impede interaction between speech communities. Therefore, ... due to a reduction of linguistic contact. , ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... sequence their genetic information. How is it possible ... parts of the body are so different? While every ... additional regulatory layer exists that determines which of the ... modifications of genome-bound histone proteins or the DNA itself ... top of the genetic information and is thus called ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):ASHG and NHGRI award first genetics and education fellowship 2Throwing a loop to silence gene expression 2
... the momentum of,September,s impressive showing at the ePassports EAC ... ) advances its role as the,world,s ePassport leader by ... to advanced second-generation ePassports based on the,Extended Access Control ... "Second-generation ePassports represent the beginning of an evolution that,will ...
... WALNUT CREEK, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy Joint ... assembly of the soybean (Glycine max) genetic code, making ... new breeding strategies for one of the world,s most ... 70 percent of the world,s edible protein, but also ...
... as an homage to achievement in the field of coral ... link between corals of the Pacific and Atlantic. Dr. Ann ... McNeill of the University of Miami named a new species ... some six million years old after renowned coral reef ...
Cached Biology News:The Finnish Population Register Centre to Deploy Entrust EAC ePassport CA Solution 2The Finnish Population Register Centre to Deploy Entrust EAC ePassport CA Solution 3The Finnish Population Register Centre to Deploy Entrust EAC ePassport CA Solution 4DOE Joint Genome Institute completes soybean genome 2DOE Joint Genome Institute completes soybean genome 3Isopora or isn't it? 2
(Date:9/2/2014)... PHILADELPHIA , Sept. 2, 2014  TransCelerate ... developed a recommended approach for protecting personal data ... with researchers, patients and others. The document describes ... personal information from CSRs and other related clinical ... The goal of the TransCelerate CSR ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... Opertech Bio, Inc., a company ... effective approach to sensory evaluation, today announced the ... U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, encompassing high-throughput sensory ... “Opertech’s taste evaluation technology called Microtiter Operant Gustometer ... system for rapid characterization of taste sensory properties,” ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Oncothyreon Inc. (Nasdaq: ONTY ) announced ... Executive Officer, will present at the Rodman & Renshaw 16 ... York on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at 2:05 ... of the presentation will be accessible by visiting the Oncothyreon ... About Oncothyreon Oncothyreon is ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... 02, 2014 PMG Research, Inc ... clinical research site: PMG Research of Rocky Mount. Effective ... of the clinical research department at Boice-Willis Clinic ... in eastern North Carolina. This new site enhances PMG’s ... in Rocky Mount and the surrounding communities, this brings ...
Breaking Biology Technology:TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. Releases Recommended Approach for Protecting Personal Data in Clinical Study Reports 2TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. Releases Recommended Approach for Protecting Personal Data in Clinical Study Reports 3Opertech Bio Receives U.S. Patent for High-Throughput Taste Evaluation Technology 2PMG Research Announces the Formation of its Eleventh Site 2PMG Research Announces the Formation of its Eleventh Site 3
... Cell Technologies, Inc., a leader in adult stem cell research and ... Stemedica,s Scientific Advisory Board. In this capacity, she will help ... and cellular delivery system for burn and wound management. , ... ...
... the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, May ... at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time - REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April ... today announced that the QUASAR validation study met its ... II colon cancer patients following surgery, and that the colon ...
... and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 14 ( AACR ... Genstruct Inc. , a systems biology company focused ... develop novel therapeutics, molecular diagnostics and patient-specific therapies, today ... one of its top pharmaceutical partners will be presented ...
Cached Biology Technology:Stemedica Signs Scientific Advisory Board Agreement with Leading Pediatric Burn & Wound Care Researcher 2Stemedica Signs Scientific Advisory Board Agreement with Leading Pediatric Burn & Wound Care Researcher 3Stemedica Signs Scientific Advisory Board Agreement with Leading Pediatric Burn & Wound Care Researcher 4Genomic Health Announces Positive Preliminary Results from QUASAR Validation Study of Oncotype DX(R) Colon Cancer Assay 2Genomic Health Announces Positive Preliminary Results from QUASAR Validation Study of Oncotype DX(R) Colon Cancer Assay 3Genomic Health Announces Positive Preliminary Results from QUASAR Validation Study of Oncotype DX(R) Colon Cancer Assay 4Genstruct to Present Results of Collaboration with Top Pharmaceutical Company at American Association for Cancer Research's Annual Meeting 2
Rat integrin a6b1, mainly associated with epithelial cells. Does not react with rat fibroblasts....
Rabbit polyclonal to Streptococcus Enterotoxin C ( Abpromise for all tested applications)....
Mouse monoclonal [4i144] to HLA Class II DQ1 7 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Full length protein (Human): HLA Class 2 Antigen DQ1,7....
... 100 g monoclonal antibody which can ... V from heart mitochondria. Also included are ... control immunocapture. The Complex V immunocapture kit ... (E.C. 3.6.3.14) from small amounts of tissue. ...
Biology Products: