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Scientists from CAS discovered a soil fungus Aspergillus tubingensis that uses enzymes to rapidly break down plastic materials. Ever-growing problem of Plastic waste that threatens to destroy our environment. The plastic-eating fungus was found

  • Islamabad, Pakistan.
Plastic Eating Fungus

Plastic Eating Fungus

Plastic Eating Fungus


  • Scientists have identified that Aspergillus tubingensis fungus, which ordinarily lives in the soil can also grow on the surface of plastic.
  • It grow on plastics surface, it secretes enzymes on the surface of the plastic which break the chemical bonds between the plastic molecules.
  • This fungus also uses the physical strength of its mycelia to break apart the polymers.
  • All attempts to deal with plastic waste including burying, recycling, incineration have proved to be unsustainable.
  • Costly and hazardous to human health.
  • There are many different types of plastic polymers:

    • General
    • Single-use
  • That make up the bulk of municipal plastic waste.
  • Made from polyethylene terephthalate.
  • High and low-density polyethylene.
  • Polyvinyl chloride.
  • Polypropylene or polystyrene.

About Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS):

  • Is the national academy for the natural sciences of the PRC.
  • Collectively known as the along with the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
  • It is headquartered in Beijing, with branch institutes all over mainland China.
  • It has also created hundreds of commercial enterprises.


  • Chinese Academy of Sciences has six academic divisions:
Chinese Academy of Sciences has six academic divisions

Chinese Academy of Sciences Has Six Academic Divisions

Chinese Academy of Sciences has six academic divisions

- Published/Last Modified on: April 9, 2017


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