Summary #452

These tiny microbes are munching away at plastic waste in the ocean

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  • Approximately, plastic waste constitutes 70% of the garbage that pollutes the oceans of the world.
  • In relation to this problem, a group of researchers found that certain species of marine microbes are able to disintegrate some of these plastic materials.
  • The study carried out in Greece indicated that the microbes were capable of decomposing bags, packaging, bottles and other plastic derived from polyethylene and polystyrene.
  • Although more conclusive evidence is lacking on the effectiveness of these investigations on a planetary scale, the study represents a hope to help mitigate this problem.

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