Biodegradable plastics research, Senegal

Biodegradable plastics research, Senegal

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Caption: Biodegradable plastics research, Senegal. Researcher Yannick Combet-Blanc (right) examining a jar of palm wine in Senegal. A bacterium involved in the lactic fermentation of palm wine could be used to degrade bags made from natural products such as lactic acid. The aim is to develop biodegradable plastics that will decompose, rather than use ordinary plastics that pollute the environment for hundreds of years. Combet-Blanc is director of research at the French Development Research Institute (IRD), which studies the relationship between humans and the environment.

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