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Earthworm Health Hurt by Nanoparticles in Soil in Alterra Study

Nanoparticles, small-scale materials being developed for uses ranging from sun screen to drug delivery, were shown to damage the health of earthworms in a study by Dutch research institute Alterra.

Exposure to soil laced with carbon nanoparticles showed a “significant” effect, including slower population growth, increased mortality and tissue damage, according to a doctorate study by Merel van der Ploeg.