Biodegradation of plastic bottles made from ‘Biopol’ in an aquatic ecosystem under in situ conditions

@article{Brandl2004BiodegradationOP,
  title={Biodegradation of plastic bottles made from ‘Biopol’ in an aquatic ecosystem under in situ conditions},
  author={Helmut Brandl and Petra P{\"u}chner},
  journal={Biodegradation},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={237-243}
}
Experiments have been carried out in Lake Lugano, Switzerland, in order to study the biodegradation of poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates) (PHA) in an aquatic ecosystem under natural conditions. Commercially available plastic articles made from PHA, such as bottles and films, were incubated for 254 days in a water depth of 85 m. Shampoo bottles were positioned precisely on the sediment surface by the use of a small manned submarine. A set of bottles was attached to a buoy in order to incubate plastic… 
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