Biodegradation of PET: Current Status and Application Aspects

@article{Taniguchi2019BiodegradationOP,
  title={Biodegradation of PET: Current Status and Application Aspects},
  author={Ikuo Taniguchi and Shosuke Yoshida and Kazumi Hiraga and Kenji Miyamoto and Yoshiharu Kimura and Kohei Oda},
  journal={ACS Catalysis},
  year={2019}
}
Most petroleum-derived plastics, as exemplified by poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), are chemically inactive and highly resistant to microbial attack. The accumulation of plastic waste results in environmental pollution and threatens ecosystems, referred to as the “microplastic issue”. Recently, PET hydrolytic enzymes (PHEs) have been identified and we reported PET degradation by a microbial consortium and its bacterial resident, Ideonella sakaiensis. Bioremediation may thus provide an… 

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