Study finds that organisms can break down biodegradable plastic

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ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)
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Researchers at the ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) have found that microorganisms can break down biodegradable polymers.  

They used the biodegradable polymer PBAT, labelled with a carbon isotope, which allowed the scientists to track the polymer-derived carbon along different biodegrading pathways in soil. 

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It found that the carbon from the PBAT incorporated into the biomass of the microorganisms and colonized the polymer surface.  

The researchers are . . .

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