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Well, speaking of plastics...beekeepers found something

Postby the_ignored » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:55 am

Beekeeper's pest may prove useful. Other methods of dealing with plastics are also mentioned and linked to.

So does this mean that wax worms will be a fixture in landfills in the future? Not really. Landfills are anaerobic environments and the lack of oxygen means that the bugs won't be able to survive in these places. Rather, the scientists are hoping to identify and isolate the wax worms' plastic-degrading enzymes so that they can be scaled up and used in industrial applications.

"The caterpillar produces something that breaks the chemical bond, perhaps in its salivary glands or a symbiotic bacteria in its gut," says Bombelli. "The next steps for us will be to try and identify the molecular processes in this reaction and see if we can isolate the enzyme responsible. If a single enzyme is responsible for this chemical process, its reproduction on a large scale using biotechnological methods should be achievable.
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Re: Well, speaking of plastics...beekeepers found something

Postby zilch » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:20 am

Just wait until wax worms discover they can digest people too.
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Re: Well, speaking of plastics...beekeepers found something

Postby BeamStalk » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:23 pm

That is actually really cool
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