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New Species of Bacteria Eats Plastic

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Japanese researchers find Ideonella sakaiensis microbe can decompose PET
Bacteria can gobble up oil spills, radioactive waste and, now, plastic. Researchers in Japan said they have discovered a species of microbe that eats PET, the polymer widely used in food containers, bottles and synthetic fibers.

Some scientists have said the bacteria could help break down otherwise non-biodegradable debris in landfills or recycling plants.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-species-of-bacteria-eats-plastic-1457636401