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EPA Grant Number: SU833562
Title: Production of Natural Plastics in Wastewater Treatment

University of California-Davis students will work to design and construct an efficient means of producing plastic from wastewater. Bacteria used in wastewater treatment processes have been shown to store polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) inside their cell walls, a compound that can be made into a biodegradable plastic. The production process to create it is less polluting than the process to create plastic from petrochemicals.

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