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waxworm: may become a key factor in Bio degradation of Plastic waste

We might have a solution for plastics waste as researchers have found that a wax worm may hold the key to biodegrade plastics. Waxworms are the caterpillar larvae of wax moths, which belong to the snout moth family (Pyralidae). Read more about Waxworms here.

Plastic, being light weight, low-cost, durable, has made its presence in from as small as a pen to as large as a spaceship. out of approximately 300 million tons of plastics which is more than the mass of all the humans living on Earth produced through out the world every year, less than 10 percent is recycled.

As mentioned by Federica Bertocchini, Scientist and Researcher, It is found that the larva of a common insect, Galleria mellonella, is able to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the most widely used plastics in the world.

This discovery was Quite an accident, when, Bertocchinithat noticed that plastic bags containing wax worms were riddled with holes. As per the Report in Current Biology.

Even though, this discovery is still under further research, it is noticed, that the Waxworm degrades the polyethylene is occurring at a significant rate. But, this goes without a debate that this could result as a great discovery in lower down the plastic waste pollution around the world.



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