Wax worms could wipe out plastic pollution
13 de agosto de 2020, 0:30
Moscow, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) An investigation into how wax or honey worms decompose polyethylene could create new opportunities to solve the problem of environmental pollution from plastic waste, according to the Sputnik news agency.
The Russian media outlet stands out an interview with the biologist Federica Bertocchini from the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research, who, alongside a group of specialists, continues with the study that began in 2017.
As the expert has explained, they still do not know the details of biodegradation, but they are trying to discover the molecules that are responsible for this process and then reproduce them in a laboratory.
'I don't want to produce millions of worms to put in a landfill because you don't know what can happen, a fatal imbalance can occur, and you can't play with nature that way. The idea is to use the worm, study its metabolism and remove that molecule,' Bertocchini explained.
In her opinion, it can take between 6 months to 2 or 3 years to detect and isolate the enzyme, then study the mechanism and produce it on an industrial scale.
Specialists warn that plastic bags, made with low-density polyethylene, for example, can take about 150 years to disappear and a bottle of that material even a thousand years.
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