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Biodegradation of Hemicellulose-Cellulose-Starch-Based Bioplastics and Microbial Polyesters

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Institute for Research in Bioenergy (IPBEN), University of São Paulo State (UNESP), Rio Claro 13500-230, Brazil
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Department of Materials Engineering, São Carlos School of Engineering (EESC), University of São Paulo (USP), São Carlos 13566-590, Brazil
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Recycling 2021, 6(1), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010022
Received: 28 January 2021 / Revised: 5 March 2021 / Accepted: 11 March 2021 / Published: 22 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recycling and Recovery of Biomass Materials)
The volume of discarded solid wastes, especially plastic, which accumulates in large quantities in different environments, has substantially increased. Population growth and the consumption pattern of societies associated with unsustainable production routes have caused the pollution level to increase. Therefore, the development of materials that help mitigate the impacts of plastics is fundamental. However, bioplastics can result in a misunderstanding about their properties and environmental impacts, as well as incorrect management of their final disposition, from misidentifications and classifications. This chapter addresses the aspects and factors surrounding the biodegradation of bioplastics from natural (plant biomass (starch, lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose, and starch) and bacterial polyester polymers. Therefore, the biodegradation of bioplastics is a factor that must be studied, because due to the increase in the production of different bioplastics, they may present differences in the decomposition rates. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodegradation; bioplastics; lignocellulosic fibers; microbial polyesters biodegradation; bioplastics; lignocellulosic fibers; microbial polyesters
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Abe, M.M.; Branciforti, M.C.; Brienzo, M. Biodegradation of Hemicellulose-Cellulose-Starch-Based Bioplastics and Microbial Polyesters. Recycling 2021, 6, 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010022

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Abe MM, Branciforti MC, Brienzo M. Biodegradation of Hemicellulose-Cellulose-Starch-Based Bioplastics and Microbial Polyesters. Recycling. 2021; 6(1):22. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010022

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Abe, Mateus Manabu, Marcia Cristina Branciforti, and Michel Brienzo. 2021. "Biodegradation of Hemicellulose-Cellulose-Starch-Based Bioplastics and Microbial Polyesters" Recycling 6, no. 1: 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010022

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