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3000 Leuven, Belgium
KU Leuven is a research university in the Dutch-speaking town of Belgium. It conducts teaching, research and services.
University of Leuven operates as an educational institute that focuses on higher education. The School provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of subjects and disciplines.
Bacteria that breaks down bottles and bags could help clean up the planet
Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is used extensively worldwide in plastic products, and its accumulation in the environment has become a global concern. Because the ability to enzymatically degrade PET has been thought to be limited to a few fungal species, biodegradation is not yet a viable remediation or recycling strategy. By screening natural microbial communities exposed to PET in the environment, researcher from Japan isolated a novel bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, that is able to use PET as its major energy and carbon source. When grown on PET, this strain produces two enzymes capable of hydrolyzing PET and the reaction intermediate, mono(2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalic acid. Both enzymes are required to enzymatically convert PET efficiently into its two environmentally benign monomers, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. (From Article) Using this concept, I want to collaborate with researcher from KU Leuven and to take part to reduce plastic pollution.