Plastic eating bacteria

Plastic eating bacteria
Japanese researchers from Kyoto Institute of Technology have discovered a new species of bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201 – F6 in the contaminated sample collected from the plastic bottle recycling site, which has the ability to breakdown polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and use it as a major energy and carbon source. The bacterium with the help of two enzymes is found to be capable of hydrolysing PET and the reaction intermediate, mono(2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalic acid. This new plastic eating bacteria could help in combating the pollution scourge and could be a viable bioremediation strategy.
How to cite this article:
Reshma T. Plastic eating bacteria. BioLim O-Media. 22 April, 2017. 5(4).
Available from: http://archive.biolim.org/omedia/read/BOMA0259.