Table 4.

Numbers of microorganisms isolated and their abilities to degrade the aliphatic-aromatic copolyester BTA 40:60a

BTA degradation (wt loss in mg/week · cm−2)bNo. of bacteriaNo. of actinomycetesNo. of fungi
>2   2
1–25
0.3–111
0.15–0.321
0.06–0.15c 36
<0.062542
  • a The total number of isolates was 61.

  • b Degradation abilities were measured on four different media. The best degradation results are indicated independently of the media used.

  • c Weight loss of 0.06 mg/week · cm2 is the detectability limit.