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ICV 2018: 95.39
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(8): 1703-1709
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.608.204


Biodegradation of Low Density Polyethylene by Fungi Isolated from Red Sea Water
Fatimah Alshehrei*
Department of Biology, Faculty of Applied sciences, Umm AlQura University,Makkah24382, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Polyethylene is kind of plastic which is a stable and thermoplastic polymer. It consists of long chains of ethylene monomers and it can’t easily degrade by microorganisms. In the current study, ten fungal strains were isolated from Red Sea water; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. These isolates were screened to examine their ability in biodegradation of Low density polyethylene, selected fungi which related to Aspergillus and Penicillium showed ability to degrade polyethylene films and powder. Penicillium sp showed the highest percentage in reduction of polyethylene weight with (43.4%). Detection of morphological changes by SEM demonstrated that fungal growth was observed clearly on the treated film. Mycelia and conidia of Aspergillus sp and Penicillium sp have seen physically associated with the surface.


Keywords: Biodegradation, LDPE, Aspergillus, Penicillium.
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Fatimah Alshehrei. 2017. Biodegradation of Low Density Polyethylene by Fungi Isolated from Red Sea Water.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(8): 1703-1709. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.608.204