A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)

  title={A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)},
  author={Shosuke Yoshida and K. Hiraga and Toshihiko Takehana and I. Taniguchi and Hironao Yamaji and Yasuhito Maeda and K. Toyohara and K. Miyamoto and Y. Kimura and K. Oda},
  pages={1196 - 1199}
  • Shosuke Yoshida, K. Hiraga, +7 authors K. Oda
  • Published 2016
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Science
  • Some bacteria think plastic is fantastic Bacteria isolated from outside a bottle-recycling facility can break down and metabolize plastic. The proliferation of plastics in consumer products, from bottles to clothing, has resulted in the release of countless tons of plastics into the environment. Yoshida et al. show how the biodegradation of plastics by specialized bacteria could be a viable bioremediation strategy (see the Perspective by Bornscheuer). The new species, Ideonella sakaiensis… CONTINUE READING
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