Talk:Polymer Degradation by Roseateles depolymerans

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Minor spelling issues (e.g. The mechanisms by which each species degrades these polymers differs, but it **correction:is** dependent on the class of enzymes utilized by the bacteria, italicize every time you mention the species(I missed some on my page too at first),line up the figures closer to the areas where they are first mentioned, and some sentences may flow better if you split them into two (I have this same problem, but sometimes introducing a period instead of a coma is the best thing to do). It might also be structurally appealing to the reader if you divide up your sections into the three larger topics you mentioned you would cover in the introduction. Overall, the topic seems very interesting but broader audience may be able to appreciate your work more if you define some of the chemistry terms used, such as endergonic... but really, it's up to who you decide your target audience to be. Personally, I would have been more excited about the text if you started off with less chemistry talk and more accessible things such as the bacteria description. Overall, it's great the way it is now but could be a little more reader-friendly with a bit of work:) -Damaris Garduno

Your topic was very interesting and is relevant to my topic to my Chemistry senior comps. My comps discussed the use of biodegradable polyacetals. As I read your paper I also felt like the page covered more of a chemistry paper versus a microbiology paper. This being true I would have to say that if your audience is a group of microbiologist you may want to define more chemistry terms. I would have to question the use of Roseateles depolymerans since their optimal environment is 35 degrees Celsius and a pH of 6.5. Since most regions of the United States aren't 95 degrees Celsius and the products appear acidic, it would appear that the microbes may not be as functional in a real world setting. The degradation products are carboxylic acid which has a pH of around 2 and the aromatic carboxylic acids would have an even lower pH.

-Jordan Wehner