March 8, 2006

Immortal no more!

Pseudomonas putida are a boon,
Their effects we are likely to see soon,
In a manner fantastic,
They turn Styrofoam to plastic,
So today’s cup could be tomorrow’s spoon!

Yahoo News 07/03/06: Despite being made 95 percent of air, Styrofoam's manufactured immortality has posed a problem for recycling efforts. However, help may come from bacteria that have been found to eat Styrofoam and turn it into useable plastic. This is the stuff recycling dreams are made of: Yesterday's cup could become tomorrow's plastic spoon.