(The Gist of Science Reporter) New Plastic-eating Bacteria  [JANUARY-2020]

(The Gist of Science Reporter) New Plastic-eating Bacteria


New Plastic-eating Bacteria

  • Researchers from Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida have discovered two strains of plastic-eating bacteria namely Exiguobacterium sibiricum strain DR11 and Exiguobacterium undae strain DR14 from the wetlands of Greater Noida capable of decomposing polystyrene, the key ingredient of single-use plastic items like disposable plates, cups, cutlery, packaging materials, toys, etc.
  • Due to high molecular weight and long-chain polymer structure polystyrene is quite resistant to degradation and persists in the environment for a longer time.
  • The discovery may be an eco-friendly alternative for plastic waste worldwide.
  • The study has been published in the journal Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Advances.

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