Re: Either good research or bad reporting
Don't ... feed ... don't ... feed ... ah sod it, I can't help it
But there is no reason to suppose whatever that this would have been forced to occur by "evolution".
There's every reason. Why do you think they looked where they did [a PET bottle dump] for "PET-eating bacteria"? In other words, they formulated the hypothesis that bacteria might evolve which could digest PET, then they proved the hypothesis, and then they started studying the discovery. It's evolution being predicted and exploited. Consider reading the abstract of A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate).