International Sugar Journal

Recycling plastic waste advanced by ‘super enzyme’ [Full subscriber]

Two years ago, researchers at the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA identified an enzyme capable of degrading polyethylene terephthalate (PET), called PETase. Now, an enzyme found in the rubbish dwelling bacterium that lives on a diet of plastic bottles has been combined with PETase to create a ‘super enzyme’ to speed up the breakdown of plastic.

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