loading page

Living in a bottle: Bacteria from sediment-associated Mediterranean waste and potential growth on polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • +3
  • Àngela Vidal-Verdú,
  • Adriel Latorre-Pérez,
  • Esther Molina-Menor,
  • Joaquin Baixeras,
  • Juli Peretó,
  • Manuel Porcar
Àngela Vidal-Verdú
University of Valencia

Corresponding Author:[email protected]

Author Profile
Adriel Latorre-Pérez
Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence SL
Author Profile
Esther Molina-Menor
Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
Author Profile
Joaquin Baixeras
University of Valencia Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
Author Profile
Juli Peretó
Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
Author Profile
Manuel Porcar
Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
Author Profile


Ocean pollution is a worldwide environmental challenge that could be partially tackled through microbial applications. To shed light on the diversity and applications of the bacterial communities that inhabit the sediments trapped in artificial containers, we analyzed residues (Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and aluminum cans) collected from the Mediterranean Sea by scanning electron microscopy and Next Generation Sequencing. Moreover, we set a collection of culturable bacteria from the plastisphere that were screened for their ability to use PET as a carbon source. Our results reveal that Proteobacteria are the predominant phylum in all the samples and that Rhodobacteraceae, Woeseia, Actinomarinales, or Vibrio are also abundant in these residues. Moreover, we identified marine isolates with enhanced growth in the presence of PET: Aquimarina intermedia, Citricoccus spp., and Micrococcus spp. Our results suggest that the marine environment is a source of biotechnologically promising bacterial isolates that may use PET or PET additives as carbon sources.
29 Sep 2021Submitted to MicrobiologyOpen
01 Oct 2021Submission Checks Completed
01 Oct 2021Assigned to Editor
05 Oct 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 Oct 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
25 Oct 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
22 Nov 20211st Revision Received
23 Nov 2021Submission Checks Completed
23 Nov 2021Assigned to Editor
23 Nov 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Nov 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 Dec 2021Editorial Decision: Accept
Feb 2022Published in MicrobiologyOpen volume 11 issue 1. 10.1002/mbo3.1259