Newcastle University study reveals how seaweed could change the way we wash our clothes
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An enzyme made by bacteria living on seaweed is being used to make environmentally-friendly laundry detergents.
Scientists studied how bacteria release themselves from seaweed by using the novel phosphodiesterase enzyme, which breaks down the sticky molecules naturally present on its surface.
Newcastle University experts have developed its potential for use as a new type of natural cleaner which could be used to wash clothes. They found that the enzyme could work at higher temperatures, but was at its best in lower ones, as in the sea.
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