Sometimes it is difficult to avoid certain chemicals that are present in our surrounding. They are found everywhere, whether it is the water we drink, the food we eat or even the air we are breathing currently. Although certain harmful chemicals such as DDT are not present in the commercial market anymore, still there are new chemicals that are making their way. Chemicals such as Polyfluroalkyl are often present in the food. Due to this, they are finding ways into our human bodies.
These class of chemicals is abbreviated as PFAS. They are usually found in different types of products such as takeout containers which are compostable. Experts have warned that such chemicals could possibly disrupt the hormones on humans. It can even increase the risk of getting different types of cancers. Apart from being harmful to human health, PFAS is also a matter of concern since they remain in the environment for a long time.
Recently a study was published last Wednesday in the popular journal ‘Environmental Science & Technology’ regarding PFAS. It stated that there is a type of bacteria that is capable of breaking down this nasty and tough environmental pollutant. And it is found commonly in New Jersey. PFAS is so prevalent in the environment because of its strong covalent bond.
In their study, the researchers have stated that a type of microbe lives in the wetlands of the soils of New Jersey. It has got the unique ability to break down PFAS pollutant. The microbe severe the strong chemical bond found in PFAS.
Co-authors of this study paper are Peter Jaffe Ph.D. and Shan Huang Ph.D. Currently, they both serve in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Princeton University. This process is a natural feat of decomposition that is possible only through subtle adaption that already exists in the natural ability of bacteria.