Wax Worms Have a Voracious Appetite—for Plastic Bags


Atlas Obscura

April 24, 2017

Plastic is pretty much forever. That polyethylene plastic bag you used to bring your groceries home can last for centuries in a landfill or the ocean. Scientists have tried using bacteria and fungus to break down plastics, but a team of researchers in the England and Spain have shown that a humble larva might be a much better fit for the job.



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