A PhD position is available in the framework of the PlasticDaphnia project. The overall goal of this project is the development of new microplastics (MPs) that are more biodegradable and thus pose lower risks for the environment than conventional plastics.
The filter-feeder Daphnia is a crucial species in freshwater ecosystems and is traditionally used as a bioindicator for water quality.
Its diverse microbiome is known to have biodegradation abilities, which will be further explored in this project. This project will be carried out by an interdisciplinary consortium consisting of ecologists, systems biologists, environmental microbiologists and bioscience / chemical engineers at KU Leuven.
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