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This Styrofoam-eating ‘superworm’ could help solve the garbage crisis

News, Research, SDG13 Climate Action | 17 June 2022

// A plump larva the length of a paper clip can survive on the material that makes Styrofoam.  The organism, commonly called a 'superworm,' could transform the way waste managers dispose of one of the most common components in landfills, researchers said, potentially slowing a mounting garbage crisis that is exacerbating climate change.  In a paper released last week in the journal of Microbial Genomics, scientists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, showed that the larvae of a darkling beetle, called zophobas morio, can survive solely on polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam.  The findings come amid a flurry of research on ways bacteria and other organisms can consume plastic materials, like Styrofoam and drinking bottles. //

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This Styrofoam-eating ‘superworm’ could help solve the garbage crisis

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17 June 2022

// A plump larva the length of a paper clip can survive on the material that makes Styrofoam.  The organism, commonly called a 'superworm,' could transform the way waste managers dispose of one of the most common components in landfills, researchers said, potentially slowing a mounting garbage crisis that is exacerbating climate change.  In a paper released last week in the journal of Microbial Genomics, scientists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, showed that the larvae of a darkling beetle, called zophobas morio, can survive solely on polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam.  The findings come amid a flurry of research on ways bacteria and other organisms can consume plastic materials, like Styrofoam and drinking bottles. //

Read this article in full: https://wapo.st/3Ndp8iA

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