Bibliometric review on microplastic contamination in the Pacific Alliance countries

Félix Ayala, Antia Rangel-Vega, Edgardo Quinde, Eddy Reyes, Martín Zeta-Flores, Juan Tume-Ruiz, Gabriel Enrique De-la-Torre

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Microplastics, capable of absorbing persistent organic compounds, heavy metals, and emerging pollutants, are of global concern due to their potential to alter the behavior and metabolism of biota. In Latin America, the Pacific Alliance, comprising Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile, stands out for its biological wealth and productive ecosystems, which account for 37% of the region’s gross domestic product. The leaders of these countries expressed their concern about microplastic pollution and pledged to take joint action. We conducted an analysis of the scientific production of these countries and the collaborations of their researchers, focused on the period 2015–2023, using Scopus and SCImago. We observed that marine-coastal/wetland ecosystems are the most studied, with a focus on fish, and that Mexico leads in publications, followed by Colombia, Peru, and Chile. In addition, we note the absence of an inter-institutional group dedicated to microplastics research in these countries. We recommend promoting collaboration between academic institutions specialized in microplastic research and government agencies dedicated to the promotion of science and technology in the countries belonging to the Pacific Alliance.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo1369
PublicaciónEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Volumen195
N.º11
DOI
EstadoPublicada - nov. 2023

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