Discovered a new bacteria that feeds on coffee

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With the sexy name of CBB5 pseudomonas putida, note the irony in the word sexy applied to the name, a newly discovered bacterium has been baptized. The remarkable thing about this bacterium is that it feeds on coffee, specifically caffeine. A doctoral student on the University of Iowa campus named Ryan Summers discovered her in a flower bed on campus.

At first, he was able to identify four digestive proteins that bacteria use to break down caffeine, made up of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen, and which they transform into carbon dioxide and ammonia. These "remnants" have been found to be used as part of a medication that can be used to treat asthma, improve blood flow, and stabilize heart arrhythmias.

They can also be used as a natural decontaminant, since they decompose the caffeine in the waste generated by the coffee and tea processing industry, prevent environmental contamination and at the same time convert this waste into a product for animal feed and fuel production. .

It is clear how this discovery is going to affect the world of medicine, I do not know how it will affect the world of gastronomy, but all of a sudden, and without having any remote idea of ​​how decaffeinated coffee is produced and assuming the risk of saying a terrible nonsense, I wonder if this bacteria can become a new, more natural way to remove caffeine from our decaffeinated coffees.

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