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A newly discovered plastic-eating bacteria could save the water sources

Rupendra Brahambhatt of Interesting Engineering reports on a newly discovered plastic-eating bacteria.

The C3 Take
  • The plastic eating microbes were discovered in lakes in Europe and have the potential to remove plastic from waterways entirely.
  • Importantly, the bacteria prefered eating carbon compounds derived from the breakdown of plastic waste rather than organic compounds like leaves or sticks.
  • Recently Australian scientists found plastic-eating worms.
  • While these discoveries are important, they do not negate the fact that consumers, innovators, and governments still need to do more reduce plastic pollution.

“The researchers from Cambridge claim that these bacteria have the power to eliminate plastic pollution from water bodies naturally. All we need to do is introduce them to plastic-filled aquatic environments.”

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