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BioE Team harness Microbial Consortia to Tackle Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is skyrocketing, choking our planet with 390 million tons of waste each year. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are fighting back with a clever tool: engineered microbes that eat plastic and turn it into valuable chemicals!
Professor Ting Lu and his team designed a "microbial army" with two specialized strains of bacteria. One chomps on the main ingredient in plastic bottles (PET), while the other transforms it into useful stuff like biodegradable plastic and building blocks for medicines. This teamwork system proved much more efficient than solo bacteria, paving the way for custom-made microbes that produce different treasures from plastic waste.
While the current focus is on PET, the team believes their method could be adapted to munch on other plastic types. Ultimately, they aim to build a sustainable future where plastic isn't just trash, but a delicious snack for specially-designed microbes!
Remember, everyone can play a part. Carry reusable bags, recycle diligently, and spread the word about this exciting solution to a growing problem. Together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution and feed our planet a healthy dose of microbial magic!

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  • Abraham Jok Atem

    12 w

    Kudos to the researchers for coming up with a clever tool to fight back plastic pollution

    • johnte ndeto

      13 w

      Plastics can relate a nightmare and if anything could be done about the same then the better

      • winnie nguru

        14 w

        Any innovation geared towards getting rid if plastics is highly welcome

        • We Don't Have Time

          14 w

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          • dickson mutai

            14 w

            A sustainable future where plastic becomes a resource, not just a problem .. .Who knew :)

            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              14 w

              This is the kind of initiative that gives alot of hope to finding ways to fight plastic pollution

              • walter lungayi

                14 w

                This approach shows great promise in addressing the urgent issue of plastic pollution, offering a sustainable and innovative solution.

                • Kevin

                  14 w

                  The shift we really been waiting for to rid our planet of hazardous plastics

                  • Princess

                    14 w

                    This is a groundbreaking initiative.

                    • Munene Mugambi

                      14 w

                      We do need to explore alternative ways of dealing with the plastic menace we're faced with or face extinction

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