Bacterial degradation of plastics

Nuskern, Lucija (2010) Bacterial degradation of plastics. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Increasing production of plastic materials has led to big problem of waste plastics which, due to their chemical inertness, accumulate in environment and significantly decrease lifetime of waste landfills. To solve that environmental problem biodegradable plastics have been developed. This paper gives overview of the most common biodegradable plastics, the ones produced from fossil resources as well as the ones produced from renewable resources. Basic mechanisms and environments of biological degradation are clarified, and factors affecting biodegradability are defined. It gives an overview of bacterial species indentified up to now as degraders of enumerated plastics. In the end, it specifies some obstacles that need to be conquered to enable wide use of biodegradable plastics, leading to the solution of plastic waste problem.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Hrenović, Jasna
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 13
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 09:38
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 09:38
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2917

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