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Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Eat Plastic Bottles Polluting Our Oceans

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Plastic is used for a number of different things around the world. Question is, where does all this plastic go once it is disposed off? The short answer is, everywhere. The fact that plastic is non-biodegradable means that it never ceases to exist and even the smallest bits of plastic continue to exist some place in this world. This implies that such plastic products are either floating in the oceans or hidden within the landfills.

Deposition of plastic in oceans leads to the deaths of fish and various other creatures. As a result of these casualties, it is wise to implement a system which allows us to combat ocean pollution. Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang are students of the Magee Secondary School, Vancouver who have decided to take this initiative against pollution. In doing so, they have managed to come up with a process which initially dissolves plastic before breaking it down with enzymes.

The duo developed bacteria that can eat up phthalate, an essential chemical found in plastic. Yao mentioned that the two students were not the first duo to identify and appreciate that bacteria is capable of breaking down phthalates. Though, they were certainly the first ones to find a potential solution to the local issue in the local river. In this entire process, they also came to appreciate the fact that taking risks leads to the creation of different opportunities for new discoveries.

There are also others around the world who are proactively seeking solutions to this problem of plastic. Take a team of researchers from Kyoto University, Japan for that matter. The team proclaimed that it discovered an entirely new species of bacteria which can feed on plastic compounds. Interestingly, a team of researchers at Stanford University proved that there are more plastic eaters out there than just bacteria. Corroborating with Beihang University, China, the research team studied and theorized how mealworms are able to eat plastic and Styrofoam.

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Hassan Aftab

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1 Comment to Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Eat Plastic Bottles Polluting Our Oceans

  1. “The fact that plastic is non-biodegradable means that it never ceases to exist and even the smallest bits of plastic continue to exist some place in this world.”

    Or we could make plastic using hemp, which actually does biodegrade.

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