Researchers at Kiel University in Germany have made a significant
discovery involving a deep-sea enzyme called PET46.
This enzyme has the unique ability to continuously break down PET
plastic, which is commonly found in plastic bottles.
About PET 46
PET46 exhibits distinctive characteristics, including its capability to
degrade both long-chain and short-chain PET molecules, rendering it highly
valuable for various biotechnology applications.
This study, conducted under the PLASTISEA project, provides insights
into the potential degradation of plastic waste, both in marine environments
and on land.
What is PET?
PET plastic, short for polyethylene terephthalate, is a prevalent
plastic variety employed in the production of bottles, containers, and
artificial fibers. Recognized for its clear appearance, lightweight
properties, and recyclable nature, PET is extensively utilized in packaging
beverages, food items, and personal care products.
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Notably, scientists at the University of Cambridge had developed a
solar-powered system capable of transforming PET plastic waste and
greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels and valuable resources.