These microbes are being used to clean up toxic electronic waste

Electronic waste hidden in a freight container are seen during a search at Leam Chabang industrial estate, Chonburi province, Thailand, May 29, 2018. Picture taken May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha - RC1C4D3C9FC0

The world is expected to produce more than 120 million tonnes of electronic waste annually by 2050. Image: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Sebastien Farnaud
Professor of Bio-innovation and Enterprise, Coventry University
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