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Possibilities and limitations of biotechnological plastic degradation and recycling

: Wei, Ren; Tiso, Till; Bertling, Jürgen; O'Connor, Kevin; Blank, Lars M.; Bornscheuer, Uwe T.


Nature catalysis 3 (2020), pp.867-871
ISSN: 2520-1158
European Commission EC
H2020; 870294; MIX-UP
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF (Deutschland)
01UP1702A; Plastikbudget
Journal Article
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Oberhausen ()
applied microbiology; biocatalysis; environmental biotechnology; Hydrolases

Considerable research achievements were made to address the plastic crisis using biotechnology, but this is still limited to polyesters. This Comment aims to clarify important aspects related to myths and realities about plastic biodegradation and suggests distinct strategies for a bio-based circular plastic economy in the future.