Indian Researchers Discover Plastic-Eating Bacteria
Curriculum|October 16, 2019
Indian Researchers Discover Plastic-Eating Bacteria
Researchers at Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida have announced the discovery of two strains of plastic-eating bacteria that have the potential to solve the problem of plastic waste globally.

The bacterial species namely Exiguobacterium sibiricum strain DR11 and Exiguobacterium undae strain DR14 were isolated from the wetlands adjoining the University by Dr. Richa Priyadarshini and her team at the Department of Life Sciences, School of Natural Sciences. The research by Dr. Priyadarshini and her team has been published in the prestigious scientific journal, RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Advances.

Further research by the team has revealed that these bacterial strains have the potential to decompose 'polystyrene' - a key component in Single-Use Plastic (SUP) items such as disposable cups, cutlery, toys, packaging materials, etc.

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October 16, 2019