"The rapid biodegradation of plastics in the intestinal tract of Tenebrio Molitor reveals the new fate of discarded plastic waste in the environment," he said. Said Professor landlords of Beihang University.
Plastics in the environment is difficult to natural degradation, and polystyrene is the most, due to high molecular weight and stability, it is widely believed that the microorganism can not degrade polystyrene plastic. In 2015, Professor landlords of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Zhao of Shenzhen Huada Gene Company, and so on published two sister research papers in the authoritative periodical "Environmentalscience&technology" in the field of environmental science. It is proved that the larvae of Tenebrio Molitor (Baker) can degrade the most refractory plastics such as polystyrene.
The study showed that the larvae of Tenebrio Molitor could survive more than 1 months with polystyrene foam as the sole source, and eventually develop into adult adults, whose edible polystyrene was completely degraded into CO2 or the same as insect body fat. This discovery provides a way to solve the global problem of plastic pollution.