Suddenly, US scientists have learned how to turn plastic into protein powder. The new technology is based on the use of special bacteria.
For their invention, the specialists received the annual Future Insight Prize from the pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck KGaA. Its size is $ 1.2 million, and the money will be used to continue research in this direction, writes EurekAlert !.
Despite the fact that the plastic itself is not capable of biodegradation, some of its constituent parts are capable of it. And it was their scientists who fed the bacteria, which resulted in cells that were about 55% protein.
Subsequently, the resulting substance is collected, dried, and crushed into powder. Thus, a protein powder can be obtained from plastic waste.
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