Save the Ocean Week

Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans

The German TV channel Pro 7 will once again include a "Green Seven" theme week. This time it is about the plastic flood in the World's Oceans. "Save the Ocean Week" runs from 14 to 20 Oktober 2019.

The cooperation between RWTH Aachen University together with Pacific Garbage Screening will be presented there!

For more Information, please visit HERE.

Laboratory evolution reveals the metabolic and regulatory basis of ethylene glycol metabolism by Pseudomonas putida KT2440

New Article published in Environmental Microbiology, 2019

The article "Laboratory evolution reveals the metabolic and regulatory basis of ethylene glycol metabolism by Pseudomonas putida KT2440" has been published by Wing-jin Li et al. in the journal of Environmental Microbiology. Environmental Microbiology is devoted to the advancement of our understanding of microbial interactions and microbial processes in the environment, and this article adresses environmental pollution with plastics.

Link to the puplication!

 

Microbes against plastic waste?

These tiny microbes are munching away at plastic waste in the ocean

SCIENCE recently published a very interesting news story titled "These tiny microbes are munching away at plastic waste in the ocean". It was written by Helen Santoro.

Curious? Go check out the article here!

Interview with Lars Blank about "further promotion of P4SB technologies"

Today, Lars talked with Maksymilian Kochański from KETBIO, to share ideas about further promotion of P4SB technologies. P4SB was chosen as one of the most promising Eu projects of recent years. Stay posted as P4SB will be included in the KETBIO project database.

For more Information visit the KetBio-Website

Recently published article by Professors Gert Weber and Uwe Bornscheuer (University of Greifswald) and colleagues

Structure of the plastic-degrading Ideonella sakaiensis MHETase bound to a substrate

To efficiently digest PET, some microbes like Ideonella cary two proteins. One for polymer degradation and one for dimer hydrolysis. The latter enzyme was now crystallized, as reported in Nature Communication by Professors Gert Weber and Uwe Bornscheuer (University of Greifswald) and colleagues.

Want to know more? Read this article here!

 

 

CARBIOS’ Enzymatic Technology to Recycle Complex PET Waste Gets US Patent

Making “Non-recyclable” Waste Recyclable

CARBIOS has received another US patent for its proprietary process of recycling PET plastic waste. This patent application recognizes CARBIOS for its invention of a proprietary method of recycling complex plastics, including colored, opaque and multi-layer products containing a mix of:

  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and
  • At least one additional component (e.g., polyolefins, vinyl polymers, rubber, cotton or nylon fibers, paper, aluminum, starch, wood, etc.).

Curious? Go check out the article here!

Innovative solutions against plastics in our ocean

The Result Packs of the European Commission reported about P4SB recently

P4SB has been in the spotlight of GreenNews Techno N° 290 (in French)!

Oceans are a reservoir for exponentially increasing amounts of plastic waste

Significant plastic accumulation on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia

Lavers et al reports more than 200 tonnes of plastic on the beaches of an uninhabited island: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-43375-4#Fig3. Again, as in many cases, the very well floatable bottles, tooth brushes and the infamous flipsflops are among the most often mentioned plastic items. On the photos fishery equipment is visible, as so often encountered.

Interview with the head of the RWTH Institute for applied microbiology (iAMB)

The positive side-effect of bacteria

Prof. Lars Blank, coordinator of the EU-project P4SB, gave a talk about Pseudomonas putida bacteria and their capability to produce microplastic from man-made plastics at the RWTH kids university - the children loved to hear his phantastic story about "Mirko". The full article in German can be found here.

New Study Paves Path for Synthesizing Enzymes for PET Recycling

Lot of Plastic Produced, Too Little Recycled

A research team from the University of Greifswald and Helmholtz-Zentrum-Berlin (HZB) has solved the molecular structure of the important enzyme MHETase at BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria and together with a second enzyme - PETase - is able to break down the widely used plastic PET into its basic building blocks. This 3D structure already allowed the researchers to produce a MHETase variant with optimized activity in order to use it, together with PETase, for a sustainable recycling of PET. The results have been published in the research journal Nature Communications. Click here for details!