An ecological perspective on nanomaterial impacts in the environment.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Growing concerns over the potential for unintended, adverse consequences of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in the environment have generated new research initiatives focused on understanding the ecological effects of ENPs. Almost nothing is currently known about the fate and transport of ENPs in environmental waters, soils, and sediments or about the biological impacts of ENPs in natural environments, and the bulk of modern nanotoxicogical research is focused on highly controlled laboratory studies with single species in simple media. In this paper, we provide an ecological perspective on the current state of knowledge regarding the likely environmental impacts of nanomaterials and propose a strategy for making rapid progress in new research in ecological nanoscience.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bernhardt, ES; Colman, BP; Hochella, MF; Cardinale, BJ; Nisbet, RM; Richardson, CJ; Yin, L

Published Date

  • November 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1954 - 1965

PubMed ID

  • 21284292

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-2537

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0047-2425

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2134/jeq2009.0479


  • eng