Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biodegradable polyesters accumulated in the form of insoluble granules within some microorganisms and considered sustainable and environmentally friendly substitutes for petroleum-based plastics. Despite great advances in PHA research, spatiotemporal characteristics of PHA granule formation and distribution in a live bacterial cell are not well understood. Here, we observed how bioplastic granule is being accumulated in living bacteria cells through 3D holographic microscopy. Also, we quantitatively analyzed the morphological and physical characteristics of in vivo PHA.
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