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Plastic-eating bacteria discovered by student could help solve global pollution crisis

Exclusive: Microbes found near plastic refinery degrade material, turning it into food

  • Tom Embury-Dennis
  • Independent

A student may have found a solution to one of the world’s most urgent environmental crises – breeding bacteria capable of “eating” plastic and potentially breaking it down into harmless by-products.

Cent 1aThe microbes degrade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – one of the world’s most common plastics, used in clothing, drinks bottles and food packaging.

It takes centuries to break down, in the meantime doing untold damage to its…

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