Fortuitously produced enzyme eats plastic, which ultimately may help reduce critically intense plastic pollution. A team of researchers from the United States and Britain have just recently created a microbe accidentally that later found to be eating soda bottles being the enzyme’s habitat.
All the oceans over the world get dumped with plastic in amount as more as eight million tons every year, since the scientists are continuously struggling to find out the new ways to mount over the toxic legacy of such types of products derived from petroleum on the planet’s environment as well as human health.
However, most of the plastic may be persistent in the environment for hundreds of years, so that the researchers are probing the better solutions to reduce it or its negative influence. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of US Energy Department and the University of Portsmouth have shown a concern to explore the naturally producing bacterium that first discovered a few years back in Japan.
Structural biologist John McGeehan University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom said, “Serendipity often plays a significant role in fundamental scientific research and our discovery here is no exception. This unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics.”
The study published in a peer-reviewed US journal – the National Academy of Sciences describes that, “But they ended up going a step further and accidentally engineered an enzyme which was even better at breaking down PET plastics.”