The Study of the Microbes Degraded Polystyrene

  • Zhi-Long Tang
  • Ting-An Kuo
  • Hsiao-Han Liu
Keywords: polystyrene, tenebrio molitor, zophobas morio, 16S rDNA sequencing

Abstract

Under the observation that Tenebrio molitor and Zophobas morio could eat polystyrene (PS), we setup the platform to screen the gut microbes of these two worms. To take advantage of that Tenebrio molitor and Zophobas morio can eat and digest polystyrene as its diet, we analyzed these special microbes with PS plate and PS turbidity system with time courses. There were two strains TM1 and ZM1 which isolated from Tenebrio molitor and Zophobas morio, and were identified by 16S rDNA sequencing. The results showed that TM1 and ZM1 were cocci-like and short rod shape Gram-negative bacteria under microscope. The PS plate and turbidity assay showed that TM1 and ZM1 could utilize polystyrene as their carbon sources. The further study of PS degraded enzyme and cloning warrants our attention that this platform will be an excellent tools to explore and solve this problem.

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Published
2017-01-01
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