Biodegradability of plastics: the pitfalls

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Ji-Dong Gu


Biodegradation of plastics as a research topic has received increasing attention due to their recalcitrant nature and large quantities, but little progresses and new information have been made available recently in the literature. In this context, plastics properties as a substrate, microorganisms responsible for degradation, assessment techniques and degradability are discussed critically to summarize the basic requirements for proper biodegradation testing and also the interpretation of the results for a meaningful presentation. New directions in this area of research are also presented to individuals working on this topic to advance the research.


biodegradability; plastic pollution; ocean pollution; landfill pollution; platicizers

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