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Subject: Re: Plastic-eating bacteria in the ocean?
From: Pay_the_Piper <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 26 Apr 2008 09:04:00 -0700
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I did not suggest that. I merely asked if a new ecosystem was being 
generated in which micro-organisms are living on this plastic sargaso sea.

PtP

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From: "Bill Silvert" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Plastic-eating bacteria in the ocean?


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> There are bacteria that will eat almost anything, but I have never heard 
> it suggsted that they are abundant enough to cope with all the plastic 
> waste in the sea. If there were a bacterium capable of doing this, it 
> would already be hard at work in the landfills of the world. Plastic in 
> the sea is less concentrated than in landfills.
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> Also, I have no idea of what these bacteria turn plastic into.
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> I suspect that the bacteria that PtP refers to will prove to raise more 
> problems than they solve.
>
> Bill Silvert
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> From: "Pay_the_Piper" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 4:49 PM
> Subject: Plastic-eating bacteria in the ocean?
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>> Last night's ReGenesis tv program dealt with a bacterium which was eating 
>> through plastic wire coatings.
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>> Are there bacteria feeding on that great plastic mass in the Pacific and 
>> forming a new ecosystem and food chain?
>>
>> PtP
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