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Screening, Identification and Degradation Characteristics of a PET Degrading Strain  

Lengtao Gu1,2,3 , Zhengfei Yan1,2,3 , Jing Wu1,2,3 , Lingqia Su1,2,3
1 State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Jiangnan University, 214122
2 School of Biotechnology and Key Laboratory of Industrial Biotechnology Ministry, Wuxi, 214122
3 International Joint Laboratory on Food Safety, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, 214122
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Molecular Microbiology Research, 2020, Vol. 10, No. 1   
Received: 14 Apr., 2020    Accepted: 16 Apr., 2020    Published: 16 Apr., 2020
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Abstract

The aim was to obtain PET degradation strains, and elaborate its degradation mechanism. Based on “classification screening” strategy, enrichment cultivation was carried out by using plastic analogue dimethyl terephthalate (DET), and then spread onto separation plates of inorganic salt solid medium that PET particles as the sole nutrient source. Strain JWG-G2 was obtained from PET plastic samples in landfill, which has the ability to degrade PET particles. The strain was identified as Microbacterium by morphological observation, physiological, biochemical characteristics and 16S rRNA sequence analysis. Optimum conditions for growth of strain JWG-G2 at pH 7.0 and 30 ℃. The ester groups on the surface of PET particles were significantly reduced under treatment with strain JWG-G2, and its weight loss rate reached 1%. The strain JWG-G2 was able to degrade the PET intermediates monohydroxyethyl terephthalate (MHET) and bishydroxyethyl terephthalate polymers (BHET), and the degradation rate was 4.5% and 11.2%. The strain JWG-G2 has good degradation effect on PET particles and its intermediates.It can provide a theoretical basis for the studies of degradation mechanism.

Keywords
Classification screening; Biodegradation; PET; Microbacterium

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