Use Mealworms to Degrade Plastic

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YAML Idea

Or probably, look what enzymes digest plastic, and try to genetically engineer some marine animal to do it?

New findings from Stanford researchers, in collaboration with researchers in China, found that mealworms can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene. This is great news for mealworms, as it means they can feast on the 33 million tons of plastic Americans throw away every year, but it also has potentially large implications for the future of the recycling industry. This is because microorganisms in the mealworms’ guts biodegrade the plastic during the digestion process.

Not sure if it works on BPA/BPB microplastic though. What microplastic is composed of?


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