Scientists identify microbe that could help degrade polyurethane-based plastics

One of the most widely used oil-based plastics, polyurethane, is particularly hard to recycle or destroy safely. It also releases toxic chemicals into landfills. However, some microorganisms are capable of metabolizing these compounds and degrading the plastic waste in the process. A team of scientists in Germany have identified one such bacterium that could be used to help break down polyurethane-based plastics for future bio-recycling.

Scientists identify microbe that could help degrade polyurethane-based plastics

There may be a small answer to one of the biggest problems on the planet.

Thu 26 Mar 20 from Phys.org

Scientists identify microbe that could help degrade polyurethane-based plastics, Fri 27 Mar 20 from ScienceDaily

German scientists identify microbe that could help degrade polyurethane-based plastics, Thu 26 Mar 20 from Eurekalert

A Newly Discovered Microbe Feasts on a Particularly Problematic Plastic

Like other forms of discarded plastic, polyurethane waste threatens the environment and human health. In an encouraging new development, European scientists have stumbled upon a hardy strain ...

Fri 27 Mar 20 from Gizmodo

Newly discovered bacteria feeds on toxic plastic

Finally, some good news for the environment!

Fri 27 Mar 20 from ZME Science

Polyurethane eating microbe could be the answer to plastic pollution 

Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig identified a bacteria that could be used to break down certain plastics.

Fri 27 Mar 20 from Daily Mail

Scientists discover plastic-eating microbe

Scientists in Germany have identified a new strain of bacteria that breaks down the chemical building blocks of polyurethane, or PU, a polymer used to make a variety of plastic materials.

Fri 27 Mar 20 from UPI

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