Scientists Make Microplastics Breakthrough, Devising Method to Trap And Remove Them
Microbiologists have found a way to use bacteria to trap microplastics, removing them from the environment and making them easier to recycle.
The new technique, developed by scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, uses bacterial biofilms—a sticky substance created by micro-organisms—to trap microplastic particles. The biofilm is then processed and dispersed, releasing the microplastic particles for processing and recycling.
Microplastics are hugely problematic and pose a major risk to food chains and human health, according to Researcher Yang Liu: “They are not easily bio-degradable, where they retain in the ecosystems for prolonged durations. This results in the uptake of microplastics by organisms, leading to…