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.
P4SB due to be represented by UFZ's Hermann Heipieper at a joint conference of EBC-VII and ISEB in 2018
Hermann Heipieper from our project partner UFZ - Helmholtz institute is presenting P4SB as a keynote speaker during the joint conference of the 7th European Bioremediation Conference (EBC-VII) and the 11th International Society for Environmental Biotechnology conference (ISEB 2018), which will take place in Chania, Crete from June 25 to June 28, 2018.
Hope to see you there! Registration and Abstract submission now open!
Let’s Do It! World is a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. Since then, Let’s Do It! has spread this model—one country in one day—around the world. To date, 113 countries and over 16 million people have joined us to clean up illegal waste.
On September 15, 2018, World Cleanup Day,people in 150 countries will stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggestpositivecivicactiontheworldhasseen. Imagine a powerful “green wave” starting in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii with hundred of millions of people taking positive action together on the very same day.
Let’s Do It! has never been only about cleaning up waste. We also aim to unite the global community, raise awareness and implement true change to achieve our final goal– a clean and healthy planet.
Interested in learning more? Visit the Let's do it! homepage to learn about upcoming events, or take a look at the interactive world map to see if there already is an active Let's do it! team in your home country!
PHA (Poly-Hydroxy-Alkanoates or polyhydroxy fatty acids) is a family of biobased polyesters. As in many mammals, including humans, that hold energy reserves in the form of body fat there are also bacteria that hold intracellular reserves of polyhydroxy alkanoates. Here the micro-organisms store a particularly high level of energy reserves (up to 80% of their own body weight) for when their sources of nutrition become scarce. Examples for such Polyhydroxyalkanoates are PHB, PHV, PHBV, PHBH and many more. That’s why we speak about the PHA platform.
This PHA-platform is made up of a large variety of bioplastics raw materials made from many different renewable resources. Depending on the type of PHA, they can be used for applications in films and rigid packaging, biomedical applications, automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, toys, glues, adhesives, paints, coatings, fibers for woven and non-woven and inks. So PHAs cover a broad range of properties and applications.
That’s why bioplastics MAGAZINE and Jan Ravenstijn are now organizing the 1st PHA-platform World Congress on 4-5 September 2018 in Cologne / Germany.
This congress will address the progress, challenges and market opportunities for the formation of this new polymer platform in the world. Every step in the value chain will be addressed. Raw materials, polymer manufacturing, compounding, polymer processing, applications, opportunities and after-use or end-of-life options will be discussed by parties active in each of these areas. Progress in underlying technology challenges will also be addressed.
When there is sufficient interest there will be a workshop on the basics of the PHA-platform in the afternoon of September 3rd, preceding the conference.
Call for papers now open.
Registration and Image source: http://www.bioplasticsmagazine.com/en/kontakt/1PHA_registration.php
On the 20th and 21st of September 2017, P4SB held its 5th General Assembly in Strasbourg. During this highly successful meeting, the attending participants defined the project's goals for the next 18 months.
The General Assembly had all of the project partners in attendance, with the exception of BacMine. Many thanks go to everyone involved for an enjoyable, productive, well-organized meeting in a great location, and especially to SOPREMA for so kindly hosting the event in their rooms.