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Sticky bacterial biofilm traps and sinks microplastics for recycling

Microplastics could be prevented from entering aquatic environments by a sticky bacterial biofilm found to trap them for collection

The pervasive nature of plastic pollution makes it an incredibly difficult problem to tackle, but lately we’re seeing how microscopic organisms might offer us a helping hand. This has included the discoveries of bacterium that can quickly break down common plastics like PET, or enzymes that can be embedded in plastics to make them biodegrade in days after use. Another example comes from researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who have devised a method of trapping tiny plastic particles using a sticky bacterial biofilm.

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Category: Environment, Science

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