A video clip of this news report is now available on the P4SB YouTube Channel. Many thanks to WDR for allowing us to publish their report on the project's channel. The video has an audio track in German, subtitles are available in both German and English.
This very interesting article about the struggle against plastic waste was written by Marc Platthaus for Labor Praxis' Website, and was originally published on 16.02.18.
Platthaus' article is based upon a publication by Dominik Danso, Christel Schmeisser, Jennifer Chow, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Ren Wei, Christian Leggewie, Xiangzhen Li, Terry Hazen, and Wolfgang R. Streit, with the title: "New insights into the function and global distribution of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) degrading bacteria and enzymes in marine and terrestrial metagenomes".
The article (in German) written by Platthaus can be found here!
The original publication (in English) can be found here!
"Immediate response mechanisms of Gram-negative solvent-tolerant bacteria to cope with environmental stress: cis-trans isomerization of unsaturated fatty acids and outer membrane vesicle secretion"
This article first appeared on Springer Link on February 15th, 2018. It is an open Access publication and was written by Christian Eberlein, Thomas Baumgarten, Stephan Starke, and Hermann J. Heipieper. Congratualtions to the authors!
P4SB has been invited to showcase our project in the international travelling exhibition, the Ocean Plastics Lab!
The Ocean Plastics Lab is a public exhibition about science. It showcases the contribution of science to understanding and combating the problem of plastics in our world's oceans. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with different types of scientific work being done right now around the world.
The Ocean Plastics Lab has been initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research together with the European Commission and the German Marine Research Consortium.
Go find ou more about the Ocean Plastics Lab on their Webpage!
MC Grease da Disease, A.K.A. Mycoplasma bovis, is a pathogenic bacteria that causes diseases in cows. Unharmed by even antibiotics, he lives unhindered like a rogue in the cow's lung, until the researchers of the EC H2020 funded project MycoSynVac discover a really ingenious way to fight him off. The scientists take a close relative of MC Grease, called Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and make him "an offer he can't refuse". Not unlike in a witness protection program, the scientists provide M. pneumoniae with a totally new identity by reprogramming his genome. By doing that, they’re able to create a synthetic vaccine that trains the cow's own immune defense system - which means that it becomes strong and smart enough to find and kick out M. bovis.