GUWAHATI- Dr. Trishnamoni Gautom, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Royal Global University (RGU ) and her team of researchers found actual bacterial gene which mediates the process of bacterial degradation of plastics. The findings were recently published in Nature Communication, a highly reputed international journal.
It needs to be mentioned that invention of synthetic plastics by the Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland way back in 1907 was a turning point in the industrial world. The pervasive plastics hardly left any sphere of human enterprise from cooking to sports to cinema, transport, and many others. But the all-pervasive plastics have also created colossal problems of environmental pollution.
When the world is confronted with unprecedented crises in the environment and climate, scientists are desperately searching for technologies to degrade and recycle the obstinate non degradable plastics.
Biotechnologists have been trying to identify ‘plastic eating bacteria’ to clean up the huge burden of polluting plastics in our environment. While many potential plastic degrading bacteria have been reported, very little is known about the exact molecular mechanism involved in the process of biodegradation of plastics by bacteria.
Dr. Trishnamoni Gautom’s research will help the environment to destroy plastics easily.