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To be, or not to be biodegradable. . . that is the question for the bio-based plastics

AutorPrieto, María Auxiliadora
Fecha de publicación10-sep-2016
EditorJohn Wiley & Sons
CitaciónMicrobial Biotechnology 9(5) 652–657 (2016)
ResumenGlobal warming, market and production capacity are being the key drivers for selecting the main players for the next decades in the market of bio-based plastics. The drop-in bio-based polymers such as the bio-based polyethylene terephtalate (PET) or polyethylene (PE), chemically identical to their petrochemical counterparts but having a component of biological origin, are in the top of the list. They are followed by new polymers such as PHA and PLA with a significant market growth rate since 2014 with projections to 2020. Research will provide improved strains designed through synthetic and systems biology approaches; furthermore, the use of low-cost substrates will contribute to the widespread application of these bio- based polymers. The durability of plastics is not considered anymore as a virtue, and interesting bioprospecting strategies to isolate microorganisms for assimilating the recalcitrant plastics will pave the way for in vivo strategies for plastic mineralization. In this context, waste management of bio-based plastic will be one of the most important issues in the near future in terms of the circular economy. There is a clear need for standardized labelling and sorting instructions, which should be regulated in a coordinated way by policymakers and material producers.
Descripción6 p.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/ 10.1111/1751-7915.12393
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/136589
DOI10.1111/1751-7915.12393
E-ISSN1751-7915
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