• Plastic pollution may aid in the formation of antibiotics ; finds new study

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    For 90 days, the researchers incubated high and low-density polyethene plastic (the kind used in supermarket bags) in the water near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, Calif.

    Digital Desk: Who would ever have imagined that marine plastic waste might ever be beneficial? According to a recent study, plastic contamination in the oceans could be a significant source of novel antibiotics in the future. The study, which was published in the journal 'American Society for Microbiology,' indicated that plastic waste, which is high in biomass, could be a good option for antibiotic production in natural habitats that are extremely competitive. While polluting the oceans is bad for the ecology, experts estimate that between 5 and 13 million metric tonnes of plastic pollution enter the oceans each year, ranging from massive floating trash to microplastics that bacteria can use to construct entire ecosystems.

    How can plastic pollution form antibiotics?

    The researchers adapted Dr Jo Handelsman's Tiny Earth citizen science approach to marine circumstances to investigate the plastisphere's potential as a source of new antibiotics.

    For 90 days, the researchers incubated high and low-density polyethene plastic (the kind used in supermarket bags) in the water near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, Calif.

    Following that, the researchers recovered five antibiotic-producing bacteria from ocean plastic, including Bacillus, Phaeobacter, and Vibrio strains. They tested the bacterial isolates against a number of Gram-positive and Gram-negative targets and discovered that they were efficient against both ordinary bacteria and two antibiotic-resistant species.

    "Given the present antibiotic crisis and the advent of superbugs, it's critical to explore for new sources of antibiotics," said Andrea Price of National University, the study's principal author.

    Andrea concluded, "We intend to develop this experiment and further identify the microorganisms and drugs they produce."

     

     

     

     

     


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