ANALYZING MICROPLASTIC CONTENTS IN DUCKS

Three students of University of Islam Malang (Unisma) received PKMPE (Natural Sciences Research) grants from Kemenristekdikti (Ministry of Research and Technology of Higher Education) for a research on Analysis of Microplastic Content in Ducks: A Pollution Study supervised by Dr. Nurul Humaida Mkes. The initial idea is our concern on the  impact of plastic waste to fish. Many fish are  stranded to death with stomach full of plastic waste.

Nurul asserted that microplastic has been swallowed by ducks. This can be seen from the contents of the digestive tract and the sand or soil around the pet where they live; among other things are in the zone of dry soil and in the water

Yustian Dwi Cahyono, student of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Unisma stated that they did research in three places namely Kasembon District,  Junrejo, Batu sub-district, and duck breeders in Malang City.

The samples are 30 ducks or 10 ducks per location. They are taken from 3 different intensive farming systems (in cages) semi-intensive (in cages and released) and released system.The micro-plastics are found in the 3 farming systems which subsequently affect egg production and physical growth.

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