Thursday, December 1

Tag: plastic bacteria

A recently found microbe that eats plastic could protect the water sources
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A recently found microbe that eats plastic could protect the water sources

29 European lakes have been found to contain a naturally growing form of bacteria that consumes plastic, according to a team of researchers at Cambridge University. While bacteria are known to thrive on organic materials, including animal and plant remains that have fallen to the ground. Surprisingly, the researchers' discovery of bacteria that feed on plastic leads to surprising results—they grow quicker and better on the leftovers of plastic bags dumped in water bodies. There is now more plastic in the oceans than fish due to rising plastic pollution. An estimate states that the pollution in our waterways—which is not just in the oceans—causes the deaths of more than a million aquatic species annually. A startling study shows that plastic garbage is adversely impacting freshwater lake...