Caterpillars have a taste for plas­tic

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

Sci­en­tists at a Span­ish univer­sity say plas­tic-bag-eat­ing caterpillars may hold the an­swer to the planet’s grow­ing syn­thetic waste problem, claim­ing the lar­vae of the wax moth, ‘Gal­le­ria mel­lonella’, break down poly­eth­yl­ene as it passes through their di­ges­tive sys­tem

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