Polyurethane-Based Plastics – Degradation Microbe Identified

On March 27, 2020, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany announced identification of a “… microbe that could help degrade polyurethane-based plastics …” https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/f-gsi031820.php – Centre researchers isolated “… a bacterium, Pseudomonas sp. TDA1, from a site rich in brittle plastic waste that shows promise in attacking some of the chemical bonds that make up polyurethane plastics … The research is part of a European Union scientific program dubbed P4SB (From Plastic waste to Plastic value using Pseudomonas putida Synthetic Biology), which is attempting to find useful microorganisms that can bioconvert oil-based plastics into fully biodegradable ones … the P4SB consortium … is also testing the efficacy of microbes to degrade plastics made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) …” – The research report is here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2020.00404/full #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging #PlasticWaste