Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
What was the name of the science fiction book about a plastic eating bacteria?
Asked in Literary Terminology
Fiction and non-fiction definition?
Fiction is literature that does not represent actuality but has been invented or imagined. Fiction is not necessarily based on facts. Common examples of fiction include fantasy novels, comics, and science-fiction. Non-fiction is literature that is based on facts and has not been invented or changed in anyway. Example of non-fiction literature includes a magazine article on the eating habits polar bears or the biography of George Washington.
Can you get data related with death of animals because of eating plastic?
Asked in Bacteria, Plastics and Polymers
Can bacteria eat plastic?
There are bacteria that do consume plastics (see the related link below). However, there are so many different types of plastics, and such limited locations of these bacteria, that the vast majority of plastic wastes are still a huge problem for the environment. On the other hand, do you really want to watch the many plastic objects you use every day (e.g. drink tumblers, car tires, eye glasses, combs, housings for electronic equipment) rotting into a smelly mess of goo, while you are still using them? We don't want bacteria to get too good at eating plastic.
Asked in Aquatic Mammals, Turtles and Tortoises
How do turtles get effected by plastic just by eating it?
Asked in Microbiology
Why does plastic eating bacteria eat plastic?
Plastics are organic molecules. Almost all molecules in living organisms are also organic, and heterotrophs (organisms that eat other organisms, like animals and many bacteria) gain energy and nutrients from food by digesting it, converting the molecules present in the food into other molecules that are useful to it. In general, organisms do not possess the ability to digest plastics because the structure of plastics is fairly different from most naturally produced organic molecules. Plastic eating bacteria have evolved the ability to digest particular plastics the same way that they would digest, say, bread, or any other food substance: by breaking it down and reusing it. They are able to break chemical bonds in plastics that are not vulnerable to most species' digestive processes. Though fairly little is known about plastic eating bacteria, they mostly seem to use the plastics as energy storage, similar to fat or glycogen in humans.