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January 19, 2022

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Bugs Can Now Digest PLASTIC?!

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The environment in adapting to deal with plastics, could this help in the environmental crisis? John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report.

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Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/14/bugs-across-globe-are-evolving-to-eat-plastic-study-finds?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

"Microbes in oceans and soils across the globe are evolving to eat plastic, according to a study.

The research scanned more than 200m genes found in DNA samples taken from the environment and found 30,000 different enzymes that could degrade 10 different types of plastic.

The study is the first large-scale global assessment of the plastic-degrading potential of bacteria and found that one in four of the organisms analysed carried a suitable enzyme. The researchers found that the number and type of enzymes they discovered matched the amount and type of plastic pollution in different locations."

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