P4SB's very own Dr. Ren Wei and Professor Wolfgang Zimmermann have published two highly interesting new articles about our project:
"Microbial enzymes for the recycling of recalcitrant petroleum‐based plastics: how far are we?" was first published in Microbial Biotechnology Volume 10, Issue 6 on 28th of March 2017. You can access it either via the P4SB Website's Publications section or via the DOI.
"Biocatalysis as a green route for recycling the recalcitrant plastic Polyethylene terephthalate" was also published in Microbial Biotechnology Volume 10, Issue 6 on 12th of April 2017. This publication, too, can be accessed both through the P4SB Website Publications section, or using this DOI.
Want to know more? Have a look at the abstract for "Biocatalysis as a green route for recycling the recalcitrant plastic polyethylene terephthalate" on the right!
Great New Article on WDR Website Makes Reference to RWTH's EU-funded Research Projects!
WDR recently published a very interesting short article introducing two current research projects being run at RWTH, both of which receive funding from the EU, and our very own P4SB is among them. Many thanks to WDR for referencing our project!
German is not your preferred language? You can find some key points from the article summarized below in English!
Two research Projects focussing on environmental and health issues at RWTH have received EU-funding amounting to an Overall total of 11 Million euros. A main goal in all these projects is to protect and preserve human health and safety, as well as to contribute to protecting the environment and our planet!
One of them is specifically concerned with developing a robot capable of renovating buildings that are contaminated with asbestos. Such a robot could, for instance, remove the carcinogenic asbestos layers on the walls and ceilings of such a building, thereby protecting construction workers from working conditions that would otherwise be hazardous to their health.
The second project is aiming to decompose plastic waste with the help of bacteria and transform it into high-grade bioplastic. As this could positively impact the way plastic is produced and handled and ultimately contribute to reducing the world-wide plastic waste problem.
[Information taken from "11 Millionen Euro für RWTH-Projekte" on the WDR Webpage, public domain image taken from TaxRebate.org.uk]
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!
P4SB is acknowledged in a press release by the University of Surrey. This release was written by Natasha Meredith and first published on 13 March 2018:
"Drug-producing bacteria possible with synthetic biology breakthrough - Bacteria could be programmed to efficiently produce drugs, thanks to ground breaking new research from the University of Surrey and the University of Warwick."
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.