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Title (Primary) Plastic biodegradation: challenges and opportunities
Title (Secondary) Consequences of microbial interactions with hydrocarbons, oils, and lipids: Biodegradation and bioremediation
Author Wierckx, N.; Narancic, T.; Eberlein, C.; Wei, R.; Drzyzga, O.; Magnin, A.; Ballerstedt, H.; Kenny, S.; Pollet, E.; Avérous, L.; O’Connor, K.E.; Zimmermann, W.; Heipieper, H.J.; Prieto, A.; Jiménez, J.; Blank, L.M.;
Publisher Steffan, R.;
Journal Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology
Year 2019
Department UBT;
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T41;
UFZ wide themes RU3;
Abstract Plastics are extremely useful materials that have transformed our society in a myriad of ways. However, the widespread use of these materials has led to a staggering amount of plastic pollution in man-made and natural environments. The biodegradation of plastics is a key factor to reduce the impact of this plastic pollution. On the one hand, organisms are emerging that can degrade relatively recalcitrant plastics. On the other hand, biodegradable plastics are being developed that are intrinsically more amenable to microbial attack. In this chapter we provide an overview of the natural fates of these two types of plastics, the molecular bonds that occur in them, and the enzymatic activities associated with their degradation. Finally, an outlook is provided for the biotechnological utilization of plastics waste as a substrate, either using these enzymes or through thermochemical pretreatment.
ID 20024
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=20024
Wierckx, N., Narancic, T., Eberlein, C., Wei, R., Drzyzga, O., Magnin, A., Ballerstedt, H., Kenny, S., Pollet, E., Avérous, L., O’Connor, K.E., Zimmermann, W., Heipieper, H.J., Prieto, A., Jiménez, J., Blank, L.M. (2019):
Plastic biodegradation: challenges and opportunities
In: Steffan, R. (ed.)
Consequences of microbial interactions with hydrocarbons, oils, and lipids: Biodegradation and bioremediation
Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology
Springer International Publishing, Cham, p. 333 - 361