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Agricultural Waste Transformed into Eco-Friendly Bioplastics, Advancing Sustainable Practices

A significant amount of waste is produced from the cultivation of cabbage and other brassica vegetables, particularly during processing and distribution. To combat this, a research institute has devised a biotechnological approach to recycle this waste into biodegradable plastics.

The global production of cabbage and other brassica crops generates a substantial amount of agricultural waste, with an estimated 30% of the total output, around 21.6 million tons, being discarded during processing and transportation. This waste not only causes severe environmental pollution but also represents a significant loss of resources.


To address this problem, a research institute has developed an innovative biotechnology solution. By utilizing bio-reconstruction technology, the research team has successfully created new microbial strains that can convert these agricultural by-products into biodegradable plastics. Through the optimization of the saccharification process, the team has achieved a conversion rate of up to 90.4%, significantly improving the efficiency of utilization.


Notably, the research team has also discovered that a bioactive substance found in cabbage, malic acid, can promote the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), a biodegradable plastic material obtained through microbial fermentation. PHA is an environmentally friendly material that can be fully degraded in the natural environment.


This innovative technology not only achieves the efficient utilization of agricultural waste and reduces environmental pollution, but also produces biodegradable environmental-friendly materials. Industry experts believe that if this technology is widely applied, it will make a significant contribution to the development of environmental protection efforts.

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