Apropos K

Soil bugs munch on plastics

After a few weeks in soils, numerous soil microorganisms colonized the surface of the PBAT films and had begun to biodegrade the polymer. (Electron microscopy image). Image: ETH Zurich / Environmental Chemistry Group

Soil microbes mineralise films composed of alternative polymer

Labelling of polymer with carbon-13

True biodegradation

Fungal hyphae colonize the PBAT film surfaces and use the PBAT carbon in their metabolism. (Electron microscopy image). Image: ETH Zurich / Environmental Chemistry Group

Too early for an all-clear

New tool created

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