In this interesting and well-researched article on plastic recycling, "Plastics recycling with microbes and worms is further away than people think - Headlines about plastic-eating organisms belie tough, competitive road to development", Carmen Drahl talks about the facing the challenges, drawbacks, and effort that it takes to come to innovative and workable solutions to plastic waste problems.
It was first published by Chemical & Engineering News on June 15, 2018, and apeared in Volume 96, Issue 25.
The scientific Journal article "Plastic Biodegradation: Challenges and Opportunities" was written by Nick Wierckx, Tanja Narancic, Christian Eberlein, Ren Wei, Oliver Drzyzga, Audrey Magnin, Hendrik Ballerstedt, Shane T. Kenny, Eric Pollet, Luc Avérous, Kevin E. O’Connor, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Hermann J. Heipieper, Auxiliadora Prieto, José Jiménez, and Lars M. Blank. It was first published online on March 26th of 2018, and can be accessed via SpringerLink, Springer International Publishing's official Webpage.
"Designer bugs for creating greener Plastics" - P4SB's success Story has been shared on the EU Commission's Webpage!
Abstract of the report: "Plastics are desirable because they are very durable and resistant to degradation. Plastic waste is undesirable because of these very properties. EU-funded researchers are designing bacteria to efficiently consume plastic waste and turn it into novel destructible plastic - good for the environment and health."
The 6th General Assembly of the P4SB Project took place this April in Illetas, Majorca.
Special thanks goes to the Guest Keynote Speakers and the Team of EmPowerPutida, who joined P4SB for a meeting, but also to all participants for making it an extremely fruitful and highly enjoyable Meeting for everyone involved!
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!