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Dr Esperanza Huerta Lwanga recently gave a talk about MINAGRIS at the Deltares international conference on micro- and nano-plastics in soil, which took places in the Netherlands. The conference gave us an opportunity to learn and exchange knowledge with other scientists and decision-makers.

Hello and season's greetings from all of us in the MINAGRIS team!

It's been a busy year, and the latest edition of our newsletter looking back on what we've been up to is out now. To recieve news on our activities and future editions next year, please complete the newsletter sign-up on our homepage.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the festivities, and wish you all a happy new year.
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New EU legislation passed this week will restrict the use of intentionally added microplastics in products such as toothpastes, laundry detergents, cosmetics, as well as some polymer coated agricultural products like seeds and pesticides. Member states voted in favour of the Commission’s proposed bill to better control the use of microplastics, to lower their risk to the environment. The legislation, previously hit by delays, will target the 42,000 tonnes of microplastics intentionally put into products which ultimately end up in the environment annually. So, what does this mean for agriculture? Read our blog here to find out more.

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We’ve been busy lately, with the Italian partners at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy, doing a fantastic job of hosting the inaugural AgriFoodPlast conference, and then going straight on to host our annual plenary. This gave most of teams from both MINAGRIS, and sister project Papillons, the opportunity to gather together, share our findings and make plans for the year ahead.

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We hope you will join us for the 1st International Conference on micro- and nano-plastics in the agri-food chain. The event will gather international experts for a state-of-the-art assessment over three days, featuring invited keynote speakers, sessions and workshops. They will cover various aspects of micro- and nano-plastics, including their fate and modelling in terrestrial environments, their impact on soil functions, exposure assessment in food, their toxicological and ecotoxicological effects in the agri-food chain, available remediation technologies, and a One-Health approach for assessing associated risks.

More detail, including the full agenda, can be found on the website here. The event is being hosted by MINAGRIS, sister Horizon project Papillons, and the Priority research network.