As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of plastic wastes that people produce. Plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants and thus it has the potential to negatively impact the natural environment and create severe problems for plants, wildlife and even human populations. The accumulation of these products has led to increase the amounts of plastic pollution around the world. Plastic wastes are commonly accumulated in soil due to the very slow rate of degradation. As a consequence, the toxic chemicals that are included in the plastic structure are released in the soil and affect negatively both soil ecosystem and human health.

The present project aims to design a laboratory scale system for plastic biodegradation by fungal isolates recovered from different plastic contaminated soils in order to simulate the biodegradation of plastics under environmental conditions.

Materiál a metody: 

- Designing the laboratory scale experiment in collaboration with the supervisor and a Postdoc researcher in the group.

- Taking samples in intervals during the experiment and monitoring the bioactivity of organisms through time.

- Investigating the plastic degradation rate and analysing the by-products.

- Studying the changes in the microbial cell structure and the plastic sheets by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM).