Cow’s stomach can also ‘digest’ ordinary plastic, research says
Austria: Plastic pollution poses a new threat worldwide. Now microplastic particles are being added to our diet. Marine plastics, on the other hand, pose a serious threat to sensitive aquatic life. But now it is known that certain liquids in the stomach of a cow have the ability to break down plastic into simple components and dissolve it.
Scientists from the Austrian University of Natural Resources and Biological Sciences have reported that a corner of the cow’s stomach is called a ‘reumin’, where plastic-digesting fluids may be present. The reason is that cows have a reputation for eating and digesting plant polyesters, so it was thought that they might somehow be able to digest industrial plastics as well.
That’s why Dr. Doris says that there are all kinds of microbes in the cow’s rheumatoid system. Then they went to an altar and got some moisture from the cows. The next step was to cover them with PET plastic for making bags and bottles. Liquid effects were also observed on another type of plastic, PBAT and PEF (a type of bioplastic).
Scientists were surprised to see that all three types of plastics began to peel from the cow’s gastric juices, and when the plastic powder was made, they perished even faster. Thus, cow’s stomach acid can play an important role in dissolving plastic water. These fluids are thought to contain many special enzymes and micronutrients.
Following this success, scientists are conducting further research to find better ways to dissolve plastics.