Samples Incubation Period (in Months) Observations based on obtained SEM micrographs
Untreated LDPE[5,32] 0 Smooth Surface
1 Smooth Surface
2 Smooth Surface
3 More or Less Smooth Surface
LDPE + Consortia [5,32] 0 Smooth Surface
1 Inflicted Degradation
2 Cracks and Fissures (visible only at higher magnifications)
3 Cracks and Fissures widened with their increased frequency of occurrence
LDPE + Consortia + Nanoparticles [5] 0 Smooth Surface
1 Inflicted Degradation
2 Cracks and Fissures (Even visible at lower magnifications)
3 Deepened Cracks, Fissures with high number of whitened areas and cavity formation giving rise to globular white areas due to bacterial penetrations (Even visible at lower magnifications)
Table 5: In situ biodegradation data of LDPE samples from soil in a period of 3 months.