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Scientists have discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leaves behind antifreeze

The wax worm, a caterpillar typically used for fishing bait and known for damaging beehives by eating their wax comb, has now been observed munching on a different material: plastic bags. To make sure the worms weren’t just chewing through the plastic but actually eating it, the researchers pureed some worms and left the paste in contact with the plastic; after 14 hours, about 13% of the plastic was gone, suggesting that some compound in the worm’s digestive system was truly digesting the bag. The researchers also scanned the chewed-up bags for residue, and found ethylene glycol—the main compound in antifreeze—was left behind confirming polyethylene degradation.


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https://qz.com/967215/scientists-have-discovered-a-worm-that-eats-plastic-bags-and-leave-behind-antifreeze/