Scientists Discover Plastic-Munching Microbe in Waste Site

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Continuing coverage of the 2018 research by John McGeehan who created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles, which are made of PET

Period27 Mar 2020 → 6 Jul 2021

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  • TitleCould Plastic-Eating Microbes Take a Bite Out of the Recycling Problem?...... Read more at: https://www.scrapmonster.com/news/could-plasticeating-microbes-take-a-bite-out-of-the-recycling-problem/1/80029
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEl Zocalo
    Media typeWeb
    CountryMexico
    Date6/07/21
    DescriptionJohn McGeehan is quoted on why using enzymes in recycling is a potentially greener, less energy-demanding approach that can also hit plastics mixed with waste
    URLhttps://www.zocalo.com.mx/cientifico-de-indonesia-podria-tener-posible-solucion-ante-basura-de-plastico-que-ya-es-un-problema/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleGood news! Enzyme cocktail can break down plastic waste six times faster
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletWatson
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date6/10/20
    DescriptionResearchers succeeded in elucidating the three-dimensional structure of the PETase enzyme and doubling its efficiency. They were able to smuggle it into a diatom that could be used to break down microplastics in the ocean
    URLhttps://www.watson.ch/wissen/umwelt/251187969-enzym-cocktail-kann-plastikmuell-sechsmal-schneller-abbauen
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleBacteria: The miracle microbes that could fix planet
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC Science Focus
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date2/09/20
    DescriptionCcoverage of Professor John McGeehan's research from 2018, which engineered a version of the I. sakaiensis PETase enzyme that was almost 20 per cent more efficient at breaking down plastic and how they are now trying to discover and engineer other bacterial enzymes that work efficiently enough for commercial use on a range of polluting plastics.
    Producer/AuthorColin Barras
    URLhttps://www.sciencefocus.com/science/bacteria-the-miracle-microbes-that-could-fix-planet/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleLBC Interview
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletLBC Radio
    Media typeRadio
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date30/04/20
    DescriptionJohn McGeehan was invited to talk on LBC about his work on engineering a plastic-eating enzyme as part of UoP's Revolution Plastics group
    Producer/AuthorLBC
    URLtiny.cc/889krz
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleCould bacteria help beat the world’s plastic problem? Stories at a distance
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletYouTube
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date17/04/20
    DescriptionSome bacteria have evolved to 'eat' some kinds of plastic, using chemicals called enzymes. John McGeehan, Director of the new Centre for Enzyme Innovation, talks about his team's BBSRC-funded research on using these enzymes to make recycling easier
    URLhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-vNfgTXCig&feature=emb_title
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in a few hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletGreen Savers
    Media typeWeb
    CountryPortugal
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionThe enzyme that was discovered in a compound of leaves, reduced the plastic bottles into small chemical building blocks that were used to make new high quality bottles, contrary to the existing recycling technologies that produce lower quality plastic, being, as a rule , used for clothes and carpets.
    URLhttps://greensavers.sapo.pt/cientistas-criam-enzima-mutante-que-recicla-garrafas-de-plastico-em-poucas-horas/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan