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Bacteria consuming plastics

Posted by: Johan Persson

Campaign: How can we recycle the plastic garbage patch?

People have been able to grow bacteria that breaks down plastic. By growing a bacteria species that can break down plastic in a salt water environment we could start eliminating the microplastics

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Magnus Penker

I think there are some very promising experiments here. Anyone knowing more about that?

Dr. Satnam Singh

Ideonella sakaiensis. Ideonella sakaiensis is a bacterium from the genus Ideonella and family Comamonadaceae capable of breaking down and consuming the plastic poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) as a sole carbon and energy source. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideonella_sakaiensis

Christer Berg

The planet is doomed unless we solve the plastic pollution problem. Care should be taken to plan for what happens with this bacteria once the plastic i consumed. The problem is however so urgent that lab tests should start immediately.

Magnus Penker

Agree. Is there any large scale test yet? Anyone (expert or innoventor) we can invite to give insighs and refere to in hte report? Plase advice.

Johan Persson


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