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Plastic eating caterpillar could eat through waste

May 2, 2017

A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say.

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.

Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.

Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.
The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.

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1

this is an amazing thing. O.k NZ no more plastic bags who's with me!!!

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We need these caterpillars to help with plastic bags.

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wow thank you Cambridge University for study that

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#Unicorns Rule!

This is crazy! this could solve some of our life problems! XD XD XD XD XD 😀 😀 😀

5

Very cool

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This is so facinating

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Not me

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Awesome

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it is awsome

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Much awesome, Such Cool

11

ewww yuck

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that is cooooooooooooool

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WOW

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WOO HOO THIS IS SO GREAT NO PLASTIC FOR NEWZEALAND

15

Plastic bags should be no more those moths are part of the solution 😀

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u could put them at the bottom of ur rush bin

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The Undefeated

New Zealand should be the first place to do that because our government hasn't done anything about the plastic problem.

18

This is the key to sucsess!
YEAH!
SAVE THE PLANET
YAY!
WOOW
YEAH!

19

wow! thats great! no more plastic bags!

20

this is amazing this could save the planet, this is a new genoration that could
even stop globel warming

21

no more plastic for us!

22

this is so cool finely we can have sea life free and the land nz so happy Teagan

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wow i did not no they could do that