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Microbial degradation of plastics: A tool for cleanup of the oceans?

Schmidt, M (2017) Microbial degradation of plastics: A tool for cleanup of the oceans? Master's Thesis / Essay, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

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Abstract

In need for a functional tool to clean the oceans from the increasing plastic pollution it is an interesting approach to look into plastic degrading microorganisms. Plastics are being divided into different types which are considered more or less degradable. Nevertheless microorganisms that can even degrade supposedly non-degradable plastics like polyethylene are being discovered in an increasing rate. However mechanisms are not yet fully understood and the natural conditions of the oceans pose difficulties for microbial growth and enzyme activity. This essay provides an overview of the different types of plastics, their biotic and abiotic degradability as well as of plastic degrading microorganisms and enzymes. The applicability of plastic degrading microbes in the oceans is being estimated considering the current state-of-the-arts. Furthermore mechanical tools for ocean cleanup are being introduced.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:27
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:27
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/14930

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