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They discover a worm that can eat polystyrene foam and serve to recycle waste

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The researchers used a technique called metagenomics to analyze the microbes that inhabit the intestine of the larvae of ‘Zophobas morio’ and discover which enzymes participate in the degradation of the plastic.

Australian scientists discovered that so-called worms king –the larvae of the beetles ‘Zophobas morio’, which grow up to five centimeters long– are capable of engulfing polystyrene, so your intestinal enzymes could be the key to increasing waste recycling rates.

For three weeks, a team at According to Chris Rinke, who led the study published Thursday in the journal Microbial Genomics, they fed the larvae differently: some were given Styrofoam; to others, saved; while the rest did not receive food.>

“We have shown that superworms can survive on a diet based solely on Styrofoam, and even gain a small amount of weight (compared to the starved control group), suggesting that can get energy from eating polystyrene ,” said the lead author, quoted by AFP.

However, the tests showed that the synthetic substance is not a nutritious diet and affects the health of the larvae, even though they can survive on that diet.

Next, the researchers used a technique called metagenomics to analyze the microbes that inhabit your gut and figure out what is Enzymes participate in the degradation of plastic.

One way to put the results of this study into practice will be to provide these superworms with food waste or agricultural by-products to consume. along with polystyrene, scientists believe.

“This could be a way to improve the health of earthworms and deal with the large amount of food waste in Western countries,” said Rinke. “Ultimately, we want to remove superworms from the equation,” said the scientist.

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