SCIENCE NEWS

Scientists have discovered a ‘Bacteria’ that can eat and digest Plastic

Plastic can be biodegradable in the presence of a certain kind of bacteria.This bacterium is capable of breaking down and consuming PET, one of the world’s most problematic plastic pollutants.

plastics

Source

Japanese researchershas discovered and named the species, Ideonella sakaiensis, by analysing microbes living on debris of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastics they collected from soil and waste water.

The study, published in Science, found that it takes about six weeks for the bacteria to degrade PET. “We hope this bacterium could be applied to solve the severe problems by the wasted PET materials in nature,” one of the authors, Kohei Oda, told the Christian Science Monitor. “This is just the initiation for application.”

Have a news story, an interesting write-up or simply a suggestion? Write to us at

info@oneworldnews.in

Show More
Back to top button

Have you ever been stalked? This question has been asked to several women several times and most of the time – The answer is Yes! Recently, we took part in a conversation on Clubhouse where women were discussing how stalking impacted their mental health.