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PHAs: ‘Bacteria fat’ that can help us save the Chesapeake – Crab Pot’s, and Shotgun Wads

PHAs are plastics that are made by bacteria. PHAs also are eaten by bacteria. “It’s like fat,” Kirk Havens says. He explained that just as vertebrates store energy in fat deposits, many bacteria synthesize PHAs—short for polyhydroxalkanoates—to store carbon and energy. An individual bacterium will draw on its little dab of polymer reserve to get through the lean days in its microscopic world, unless a bigger microorganism eats it first. Anything made of PHA will biodegrade, simply because bacteria start eating it. Read the rest here 11:53