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Could The Natural Sea Sponge Save Our Oceans From Pollution


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A deep-sea sponge found in British and Irish waters could hold a clue to solving plastic pollution, a study suggests. The sponge, which was discovered in Rockall Trough – an undersea area between Scotland and Iceland – has a unique way of filtering out microplastics from the water. The study's lead author, Dr Jamie Woodward from the University of Aberdeen, said: "Our findings suggest that this deep Natural sea sponge could be playing an important role in removing microplastics from the ocean."

The research team collected five sponges from different depths in the Rockall Trough and analysed them for the presence of microplastics. They found that all of the sponges contained small pieces of plastic, with concentrations increasing with depth. The highest concentration was found in a sponge collected from 2,600 metres below the surface.

Bacteria have always been known for their ability to cause diseases, but now scientists from University College Cork in Ireland have discovered that these bacteria also play a crucial role in human health. By producing vitamins and other essential nutrients, the bacteria help the body to function properly and fight infection. The discovery could lead to new treatments for diseases caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia and meningitis.

This could pave the way for a novel green chemistry approach to recycling plastic and synthetic materials. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, used enzymes to break down plastic into its component parts that can be reused. This approach is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than traditional recycling methods.