The hungry little bacterium that could hold the key to the world's plastic waste problem [feedly]

sábado, 12 de marzo de 2016

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The hungry little bacterium that could hold the key to the world's plastic waste problem
// Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

Hundreds of millions of tons of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic are produced each year to package everything from sodas to shampoo. That only a fraction of this is recycled leaves much of it to rest in landfills and the ocean. But efforts to deal with this monumental mess may soon receive a much-needed boost, with scientists in Japan discovering a new bacterium with the ability to completely break down PET plastics in a relatively short space of time.

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Category: Environment

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