Navigation Links
Bacteria from Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia conceal bioplastic
Date:7/10/2013

In Bolivia, in the largest continuous salt desert in the world, researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia have found a bacterium that stores large amounts of PHB, a prized polymer. This biodegradable plastic is used by the food and pharmaceutical industries, for example to produce nanospheres to transport antibiotics.

In the quest for natural polymers to substitute for petroleum-based plastics, scientists have recently discovered that a microorganism in South America produces poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB), a biodegradable compound of great utility for the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and packaging industries.

The bacterium in question is Bacillus megaterium Uyuni S29, a strain that produces the largest amount of polymer of the genus. It has been found in the water 'eyes' of the famous Salar de Uyuni or Uyuni salt flat, in Bolivia.

"These are very extreme environments, which facilitate intracellular accumulation of PHB, a reserve material used by bacteria in times when nutrients are scarce," Dr Marisol Marqus, microbiologist at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain), explains to SINC.

Scientists from the UPC and the Graz University of Technology in Austria have successfully made the bacillus produce significant quantities of the compound in the laboratory in cultivation conditions similar to those used in industry. The technique is published in the journals Food Technology & Biotechnology and Journal of Applied Microbiology.

"The resulting biopolymer has thermal properties different from conventional PHBs, which makes it easier to process, independently of its application," Marqus goes on.

The researcher recognises that the costs of producing biopolymers are, in general, "still high and not competitive when compared with conventional polymers, although progress is being made in this regard."

The team has managed to reduce PHB's high molecular weigh
'/>"/>

Contact: SINC
info@agenciasinc.es
34-914-251-820
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. CWRU dental researchers NIDCR grant targets oral bacteria and fetal death link
2. Genomes of cholera bacteria from Haiti confirm epidemic originated from single source
3. UT study: Chemical in antibacterial soaps may harm nursing babies
4. Spinning up antibacterial silver on glass
5. Bacterial DNA may integrate into human genome more readily in tumor tissue
6. HIV-derived antibacterial shows promise against drug-resistant bacteria
7. Discovery of how a gene that regulates factors involved in bacteria pathogenicity acts
8. Metabolic model of E. coli reveals how bacterial growth responds to temperature change
9. New screening technique paves the way for protein drugs from bacteria
10. Resistance to last-line antibiotic makes bacteria resistant to immune system
11. Bacteria use hydrogen, carbon dioxide to produce electricity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/18/2014)... In a sample of patients with undiagnosed, suspected genetic ... associated with a higher molecular diagnostic yield than traditional ... JAMA . The study is being released to ... meeting. , Exome sequencing, which sequences the protein­coding region ... genetic material present in a cell or organism), has ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... . Why do ... to reproduce? And why are there two sexes anyway? These ... of the research journal Molecular Human Reproduction published ... Bielefeld University Bielefeld has compiled this special issue on sperm ... to copulate with several males in quick succession – chimpanzees ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... available in German . ... few drugs. When treating overdoses, doctors are often limited to ... if there is a combination of drugs involved. So what ... swallows his grandmother,s pills? ETH professor Jean-Christophe Leroux from the ... an answer to this question. "The task was to develop ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 2Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 3Sperm wars 2Emergency aid for overdoses 2Emergency aid for overdoses 3
... (Santa Barbara, Calif.) Viruses fill the ocean ... marine microbiology, according to a professor of biology at ... Carlson, professor with UCSB,s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and ... of marine viruses published this week by the ...
... transport system inside living cells is a well-oiled machine with ... around the cell. These molecular motors are responsible for a ... on the go. They can put themselves into "energy save ... what gets moved around the cell, and when. ...
... is available in Spanish . A ... what is causing the decline in bumble bee populations and ... the next generation of greenhouse pollinators. Bumble bees, like ... used to pollinate greenhouse crops like peppers and tomatoes. But ...
Cached Biology News:Decade-long study reveals recurring patterns of viruses in the open ocean 2Decade-long study reveals recurring patterns of viruses in the open ocean 3Carnegie Mellon scientists discover how molecular motors go into 'energy save mode' 2Carnegie Mellon scientists discover how molecular motors go into 'energy save mode' 3The flight of the bumble bee: Why are they disappearing? 2
(Date:10/20/2014)... 20, 2014 Convey Computer , ... team from Iowa State University won first place in ... a Convey HC-2ex, the team’s solution achieved the highest ... than the second place finisher. , Experts from all ... the month long challenge, using a variety of design ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... GUELPH, ON , Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - BIOREM Inc. ... totalling $1.7 million which brings Q3 orders to $5.8 million and ... odour control projects in North America and ... "We continue to bid new projects at record levels," said ... values were higher at the end of Q3 than they have ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 2014  GenVec, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNVC ) today ... from its board of directors effective on October 24, 2014.  ... served as its chairman from June 2006 to November 2013.  ... Corporate Governance and Audit Committees of the board.  ... of dedicated service to GenVec, and its stockholders," said ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... OncLive® is pleased ... at Thomas Jefferson University has joined its Strategic ... Alliance Partnership program, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center ... awareness of the Center’s cutting-edge research programs, comprehensive ... and other health care professionals from the Sidney ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Team from Iowa State Wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest Using Convey HC-2ex 2Team from Iowa State Wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest Using Convey HC-2ex 3Zola P. Horovitz To Retire From GenVec Board 2Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 2Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 3
... Another Key Regulatory MilestoneLONDON, March 10 Monsanto,s historic ... and biotechnology has contributed to a 24 percent compound ... segment since 2001. This is one of the ... Commercial, will tell investors today as part of a ...
... has long been known for its world-record-breaking carbon ... have discovered new uses by spinning carbon nanotubes ... , Breakthroughs Without Broken Threads ... to grow carbon nanotubes of world-record breaking lengths, ...
... American Pacific Corporation (Nasdaq: APFC ) is ... Chemicals LLC (AFC), located near Sacramento California, recently inaugurated ... The new facility can accommodate either batch reactors (20 ... using up to 7 reactors from 0.25 to 1 ...
Cached Biology Technology:Monsanto's Historic R&D Investment has Contributed to Mid-20s Gross Profit Growth for Its Seeds and Genomics Segment 2Monsanto's Historic R&D Investment has Contributed to Mid-20s Gross Profit Growth for Its Seeds and Genomics Segment 3Spinning carbon nanotubes spawns new wireless applications 2AMPAC Fine Chemicals Announces the Inauguration of the New cGMP Continuous Processing Development Facility 2
...
2ndGen Predilute antibody for staining tissue sections. Optimized for use with Zymeds Histostain-PLUS, NBA, HistoST5050, and Cap-Plus IHC Kits.Labeling: ASR...
... Nuclease catalyzes the degradation of single-stranded DNA ... products. While the nuclease prefers ssDNA over ... the enzyme degrades double-stranded DNA from both ... used for transcript mapping studies (3,4), for ...
Endomorphin-2. Cross reactivity: Endomorphin-1 3%, Met-enkephalin <0.03%, Leu-enkephalin <0.01% and beta-Endorphin <0.01%....
Biology Products: