▲ Up
 
13:26 23-11-2017
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say
World | science | 17:22, 25 April 2017 | 2459

AKIPRESS.COM - 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.

Dr Paolo Bombelli is a biochemist at the University of Cambridge and one of the researchers on the study.

"The caterpillar will be the starting point," he told BBC News.

"We need to understand the details under which this process operates.

"We hope to provide the technical solution for minimising the problem of plastic waste."

LATEST NEWS
12:57 Awareness campaign on ban of religious marriages with minors running in Kyrgyzstan12:54 Ambassador of Mongolia to Tajikistan delivers credentials12:37 Turkmenistan, Japan universities agree on student exchange program12:30 Anti-terror CCTV cameras to appear at Ala-Too square in Bishkek12:08 Newborn baby found after 3-4 hours after she was abandoned on street in Tokmok11:56 Jalal-Abad elects mayor after 1 year without town governor11:51 Peak of mortality on roads of Kyrgyzstan recorded in 201311:29 Jalal-Abad regional court hands 6 years in prison to ex-Chief of staff of National Guard for beating soldier without reason11:27 Deputy Сhairman of State Customs Service sacked11:20 Killer of British paraglider handed 16 years in prison in Mongolia11:16 Tajikistan mulls closer cooperation with Mexico10:56 Fire spreads over 5 ha of dry grass in Issyk-Kul10:55 Eurasian Economic Union showed itself as an inefficient organization: Kyrgyzstan lost $200 million from blockade and Union did not even include issue in agenda: MP10:46 Police searching for mother of abandoned baby in Osh10:38 MP Saidulla Nyshanov suggests to award Atambayev title of Hero of Kyrgyz Republic10:35 Border guards detain Kyrgyz woman using another passport while crossing border10:30 Car assembling facility burns down in Osh10:23 PM Isakov heads road safety commission10:17 Lawmaker on Kyrgyz Temir Jolu's procurement of 150 rail cars: "Nothing has arrived yet"10:07 South Korea publishes book about Shavkat Mirziyoyev
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06