Evidence of polyethylene biodegradation by bacterial strains from the guts of plastic-eating waxworms.

@article{Yang2014EvidenceOP,
  title={Evidence of polyethylene biodegradation by bacterial strains from the guts of plastic-eating waxworms.},
  author={Jun Yang and Yu Bo Yang and Wei-Min Wu and Jiao Zhao and Lei Jiang},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2014},
  volume={48 23},
  pages={13776-84}
}
Polyethylene (PE) has been considered nonbiodegradable for decades. Although the biodegradation of PE by bacterial cultures has been occasionally described, valid evidence of PE biodegradation has remained limited in the literature. We found that waxworms, or Indian mealmoths (the larvae of Plodia interpunctella), were capable of chewing and eating PE films. Two bacterial strains capable of degrading PE were isolated from this worm's gut, Enterobacter asburiae YT1 and Bacillus sp. YP1. Over a… CONTINUE READING
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