Plastic could soon be on the menu for bacteria!
Scientists have found that bacteria are able to break down not only plastic but also other natural carbon compounds in lakes.
The researchers, who published their findings in the Nature Communications journal, said that lake bacteria prefer plastic-derived carbon compounds rather than natural ones.
The team suggests carbon compounds from plastics are easier for the bacteria to break down and use as food.
Professor David Aldridge from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology said: “Unfortunately, plastics will pollute our environment for decades.