Pseudomonas biofilms and plastic degradation : understanding the mechanism and developing new control tools

Prof. Marina Resmini (primary)
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London
James Garnett (secondary)
Centre for Host Microbiome Interactions (CHMI), Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
Kings College London


Plastic degradation is a global challenge that impacts the environment. The Pseudomonas genus is widespread in water and soil and has been shown to actively degrade numerous synthetic plastics. Understanding the mechanism of action will allow us to develop new tools to control the process. Study of biofilm formation, evaluation of intracellular and extracellular enzymes and correlation of these data with chemical structure and polymer morphology will provide key knowledge that will contribute to the development of new materials and to alternative approaches, possibly including genetically modified species.


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Molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology
Area of Biology
Techniques & Approaches
BiochemistryBiophysicsChemistryMicroscopy / Electrophysiology