A few dozen hours before the start of the Vendée-Arctic race, Stefan Raimund, SubCtech engineer, is fine-tuning the final adjustments to the scientific sensors on board Fabrice Amedeo's racing sailboat *. With a precise gesture, he screws on one of the instruments three small metal filters intended to collect microplastics present in sea water.
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This brand new device, developed by the German engineer, was eagerly awaited by a group of researchers who have entered into a partnership with the skipper of the Newrest-Arts & Windows monohull . "Every day during the race, Fabrice Amedeo will change the filters and store them in dedicated bags, so that when he returns we can analyze the microplastics collected" , explains Catherine Dreanno, researcher at Ifremer in Brest. And the original route of this qualifying race for the Vendée Globe, modified because of the Covid-19 epidemic which made it impossible to start from
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