ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

Open Access
Naveen Mohan and R. Usha
Department of Microbiology, Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore 641021, Tamil Nadu, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2018;12(3):1641-1646 | © The Author(s). 2018
Received: 08/08/2018 | Accepted: 21/09/2018 | Published: 30/09/2018

Polythene waste is a serious threat to our environment. There are many methods available for its degradation. The present study shows light for eco friendly approach for mitigating the ecological problem of the century. By using bio-augmentation, microorganisms having specific metabolic capabilities are introduced into the contaminated site for enhancing the degradation of plastic waste. The field trials for a period of 3 months  shows  clearly that the LDPE sheets are better degraded with augmented microorganism (1.6%, 4%, 5.2%, 8%, 8.8 %) than non bio augmented soil (4%, 1.6%, 2.8%, 3.6%, 4%). The ecological importance of this study is that we will be able to tackle plastic waste by adding bio-augmented strains into an area or dumpyard filled in with plastic waste.


Bio augmentation, Actinomycetes,  Plastic waste and Degradation

Article Metrics

Article View: 1193

Share This Article

© The Author(s) 2018. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License which permits unrestricted use, sharing, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.