Plastic Eating Bacteria

[Specially Engineered Bacteria Eat Plastics In Oceans]

Plastic is one of the worst pollutants in the world today. No matter where you go, you will always see plastic being used in all sorts of forms.

These plastic objects are then sent through trash bags to trash barges and eventually the ocean, where it kills all sorts of living creatures.

Since these objects aren’t biodegradable, the damage they cause is perpetuated for eternity, unless something is done to take care of them.

Providing a solution to this serious problem are two Canadian students, Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao, who have developed a unique form of bacteria that can eat through plastic.

This decomposition process firstly uses a solvent that dissolves plastics and then further breaks them down with specific enzymes.

The compounds left after this special treatment can easily be digested by bacteria. The only thing left is finding a way to implement this on a large scale.

To do this, the students are working on the development of giant Bio-Digesters that can be setup on a truck or a ship to provide mobile degradation facilities.

To make this a vision a reality, the partners have launched their own company called BioCellection which aims to make such mobile digester tanks available all over the world.

When they reach production level, these mobile digester units are expected to cost around $20,000, which is still a small price to pay for a pollution free future.

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Posted on : 23 Jun 2016 @ 12:46

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