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Scientists Discover How Wax Worms Could Be The Answer To Plastic Waste

By Brian Spaen

Imagine if there was always a creature that could eliminate waste. For those that have pets, this happens quite frequently when giving them scraps from a meal. Now there may be a chance to do something better than throwing unnecessary plastic bags away. In this case, giving them to wax worm caterpillars.

Spanish researcher Federica Bertocchini discovered the wax worm’s ability to not only chew through plastic, but digest it. These caterpillars were found when Bertocchini does her other job, beekeeping. When finding the insects destroying the inside of the hives, she removed around a hundred and placed them into a plastic shopping bag. 

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Source: University of Cambridge