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Decay of low-density polyethylene by bacteria extracted from earthworm’s guts: a potential for soil restoration. / Huerta Lwanga, E. (Corresponding author); Thapa, B.; Yang, X.; Gertsen, H.; Salánki, T.; Geissen, V.; Garbeva, P.V.

In: Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 624, 2018, p. 753-757.

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Huerta Lwanga, E, Thapa, B, Yang, X, Gertsen, H, Salánki, T, Geissen, V & Garbeva, PV 2018, 'Decay of low-density polyethylene by bacteria extracted from earthworm’s guts: a potential for soil restoration' Science of the Total Environment, vol. 624, pp. 753-757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.144

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Huerta Lwanga, E., Thapa, B., Yang, X., Gertsen, H., Salánki, T., Geissen, V., & Garbeva, P. V. (2018). Decay of low-density polyethylene by bacteria extracted from earthworm’s guts: a potential for soil restoration. Science of the Total Environment, 624, 753-757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.144

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Huerta Lwanga E, Thapa B, Yang X, Gertsen H, Salánki T, Geissen V et al. Decay of low-density polyethylene by bacteria extracted from earthworm’s guts: a potential for soil restoration. Science of the Total Environment. 2018;624:753-757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.144

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Huerta Lwanga, E. ; Thapa, B. ; Yang, X. ; Gertsen, H. ; Salánki, T. ; Geissen, V. ; Garbeva, P.V. / Decay of low-density polyethylene by bacteria extracted from earthworm’s guts: a potential for soil restoration. In: Science of the Total Environment. 2018 ; Vol. 624. pp. 753-757.

BibTeX

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title = "Decay of low-density polyethylene by bacteria extracted from earthworm’s guts: a potential for soil restoration",
abstract = "Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is the most abundant source of microplastic pollution worldwide. A recentstudy found that LDPE decay was increased and the size of the plastic was decreased after passing through thegut of the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris (Oligochaeta). Here, we investigated the involvement of earthwormgut bacteria in the microplastic decay. The bacteria isolated from the earthworm's gut were Gram-positive, belongingto phylum Actinobacteria and Firmicutes. These bacteria were used in a short-term microcosm experimentperformed with gamma-sterilized soil with or without LDPE microplastics (MP). We observed that theLDPE-MP particle size was significantly reduced in the presence of bacteria. In addition, the volatile profiles ofthe treatments were compared and clear differences were detected. Several volatile compounds such asoctadecane, eicosane, docosane and tricosane were measured only in the treatments containing both bacteriaand LDPE-MP, indicating that these long-chain alkanes are byproducts of bacterial LDPE-MP decay.",
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AB - Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is the most abundant source of microplastic pollution worldwide. A recentstudy found that LDPE decay was increased and the size of the plastic was decreased after passing through thegut of the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris (Oligochaeta). Here, we investigated the involvement of earthwormgut bacteria in the microplastic decay. The bacteria isolated from the earthworm's gut were Gram-positive, belongingto phylum Actinobacteria and Firmicutes. These bacteria were used in a short-term microcosm experimentperformed with gamma-sterilized soil with or without LDPE microplastics (MP). We observed that theLDPE-MP particle size was significantly reduced in the presence of bacteria. In addition, the volatile profiles ofthe treatments were compared and clear differences were detected. Several volatile compounds such asoctadecane, eicosane, docosane and tricosane were measured only in the treatments containing both bacteriaand LDPE-MP, indicating that these long-chain alkanes are byproducts of bacterial LDPE-MP decay.

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