Plastic-eating enzyme could eliminate billions of tons of landfill waste

Journal Reference: Hongyuan Lu, Daniel J. Diaz, Natalie J. Czarnecki, Congzhi Zhu, Wantae Kim, Raghav Shroff, Daniel J. Acosta, Bradley R. Alexander, Hannah O. Cole, Yan Zhang, Nathaniel A. Lynd, Andrew D. Ellington, Hal S. Alper. Machine learning-aided engineering of hydrolases for PET depolymerization. Nature, 2022; 604 (7907): 662 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04599-z This discovery, published today … Read more

Methane from waste should not be wasted: Exploring landfill ecosystems

Journal Reference: Mark C. Reynolds, Damien Finn, Analissa F. Sarno, Richard Allen, J. David Deathrage, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz. Delineating the Drivers and Functionality of Methanogenic Niches within an Arid Landfill. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2022; DOI: 10.1128/aem.02438-21 While most landfill methane is captured and flared away, researchers hope instead to make use of this … Read more