This article provides a review of the biodegradation mechanisms of plastics, presents the definitions, and describes the means of measurement of biodegradation and biodeterioration. Various experimental examples of microbial degradation, namely fungal attack in cellophane and amylose films, starch-based polyethylene films, films with modified starch additives, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-valerate)-biodegradable plastic, and biodisintegration and biodegradation studies of plastic-starch blends, are also presented.
Microbial Degradation, Characterization and Failure Analysis of Plastics, Edited By Steven Lampman, ASM International, 2003, p 336–340, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.cfap.t69780336
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