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Plastic-eating caterpillar could revolutionize waste treatment

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 26, 2017 01:04 AM
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by julie@juliemrodriguez.com (Julie M. Rodriguez) last modified Apr 25, 2017

Spanish researchers have discovered that the wax worm, a caterpillar known for munching on the wax within beehives, is able to devour and biodegrade polyethylene plastic, converting it into a form of alcohol found in antifreeze. Federica Bertocchini, a scientist at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria, first uncovered the worm’s unique abilities by chance, when she attempted to clean up a wax worm infestation in one of her home beehives. She placed the worms...




 

 


 

 

 
 
 
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