Navigation Links
The fungus among us: A new way of decomposing BPA-containing plastic
Date:7/28/2010

Just as cooking helps people digest food, pretreating polycarbonate plastic source of a huge environmental headache because of its bisphenol A (BPA) content may be the key to disposing of the waste in an eco-friendly way, scientists have found. Their new study is in ACS' Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal.

Mukesh Doble and Trishul Artham note that manufacturers produce about 2.7 million tons of plastic containing BPA each year. Polycarbonate is an extremely recalcitrant plastic, used in everything from screwdriver handles to eyeglass lenses, DVDs, and CDs. Some studies have suggested that the BPA may have a range of adverse health effects, sparking the search for an environmentally safe way of disposing of waste plastic to avoid release of BPA.

The scientists pretreated polycarbonate with ultraviolet light and heat and exposed it to three kinds of fungi including the fabled white-rot fungus, used commercially for environmental remediation of the toughest pollutants. The scientists found that fungi grew better on pretreated plastic, using its BPA and other ingredients as a source of energy and breaking down the plastic. After 12 months, there was almost no decomposition of the untreated plastic, compared to substantial decomposition of the pretreated plastic, with no release of BPA.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Modern genetics vs. ancient frog-killing fungus
2. New type of fuel found in Patagonia fungus
3. Obscure fungus produces diesel fuel components
4. New text focuses on formidable opportunistic fungus
5. Researchers to use K-States BSL-3 Lab for $1 million study of fungus threatening wheat crops
6. Scientists discover how deadly fungus protects itself
7. Genome sequencing of fungus with biotechnological applications
8. Scientists gather to protect global food security from return of devastating wheat fungus
9. Food security for leaf-cutting ants: Workers and their fungus garden reject endophyte invaders
10. Penn State entomologists seek fungus to blunt mosquitoes sense of smell
11. Researchers from around the globe coming to K-State June 21 for workshop on Fusarium fungus
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
The fungus among us: A new way of decomposing BPA-containing plastic
(Date:4/5/2017)...  The Allen Institute for Cell Science today announces ... portal and dynamic digital window into the human cell. ... application of deep learning to create predictive models of ... a growing suite of powerful tools. The Allen Cell ... publicly available resources created and shared by the Allen ...
(Date:4/3/2017)... WASHINGTON , April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... single-cell precision engineering platform, detected a statistically ... cell product prior to treatment and objective ... highlight the potential to predict whether cancer ... prior to treatment, as well as to ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017  higi, the health IT company that ... North America , today announced a Series B ... of EveryMove. The new investment and acquisition accelerates higi,s ... to transform population health activities through the collection and ... higi collects and secures data today on behalf ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... enable the world’s most progressive pharma and biotech organizations to do more clinical ... pharma and biotech events in Q4. , DrugDev will demonstrate DrugDev Spark™, the ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... The award-winning ... Services (Koch) to feature new innovations aimed at helping farmers solve the problem ... American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. Check your local listings for ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... study examining the effects of exoskeleton-assisted walking on gait parameters and neuromuscular ... article, "Neuromechanical adaptations during a robotic powered exoskeleton assisted walking session" (doi:10.1080.10790268.2017.1314900) ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... , ... Participants of this educational webinar will learn the ... the advantages and disadvantages of ductless, filtered fume hoods, they will also discover ... Attendees will learn from an industry expert about the different types of ducted ...
Breaking Biology Technology: