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1. Scientists Find Bacteria That Eats Plastic In a breakthrough study, scientists have identified a strain of bacteria that is capable of breaking down the plastic found in food packaging and other products. The bacteria, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, was discovered living on plastic debris at a waste disposal site in Japan. The research team, which was led by Professor Shosuke Yoshida from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, found that I. sakaiensis 201-F6 had the ability to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. The bacteria use two enzymes to convert the PET into a more easily metabolized form, which then allows them to feed on it as a source of energy. This is the first time that a microorganism has been observed to have the ability to degrade PET plastic. The findings could have significant implications for helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment.