Biodegradation of polyethylene by the thermophilic bacterium Brevibacillus borstelensis.

  title={Biodegradation of polyethylene by the thermophilic bacterium Brevibacillus borstelensis.},
  author={David Jamil Hadad and Shimona Geresh and Alex Sivan},
  journal={Journal of applied microbiology},
  volume={98 5},
AIM To select a polyethylene-degrading micro-organism and to study the factors affecting its biodegrading activity. METHODS AND RESULTS A thermophilic bacterium Brevibaccillus borstelensis strain 707 (isolated from soil) utilized branched low-density polyethylene as the sole carbon source and degraded it. Incubation of polyethylene with B. borstelensis (30 days, 50 degrees C) reduced its gravimetric and molecular weights by 11 and 30% respectively. Brevibaccillus borstelensis also degraded… CONTINUE READING
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