Saturday, 20 July 2013

Daily Telegraph: "Floating 'plastispheres' may provide answer to disposing of plastic in landfill"

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"A study of the fragments of plastic found floating in the oceans has revealed more than 1,000 different types of bacteria living on rubbish the size of a pinhead.

"Many of the bacteria are thought to be new species previously unknown to science.

"Scientists who conducted the study say the tiny pellets of plastic, which form as plastic bottles, bags and other debris break down, are creating tiny floating habitats they have named “plastispheres”.

"The researchers also found evidence that the bacteria may even be feeding off the plastic itself, raising hopes that the microbes can be harnessed to break down plastics at landfill sites."

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