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The Guardian Weekly - 2021-05-07

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Bacterial biofilm could mop up microplastics

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Microbiologists have devised a sustainable way to remove polluting microplastics from the environment, using bacteria’s properties of grouping together and sticking to surfaces to create an adhesive “biofilm”. Researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), who presented their findings at the Microbiology Society’s annual conference, want to use this sticky bacteria property and create tapelike microbe nets that can capture microplastics in polluted water to form an easily disposable and recyclable blob.

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