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superworm | 科学家发现专吃塑料的超级蠕虫

发布者: 五毒 | 发布时间: 2022-6-20 00:30| 查看数: 48| 评论数: 0|




                               
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近日,澳大利亚科学家发现了一种专门吃塑料的“超级蠕虫”。“超级蠕虫”肠道细菌中的特定酶能将塑料降解,其实“超级蠕虫”是大麦虫在幼虫阶段的俗称。科学家说大麦虫不仅能吞下塑料,而且只吃塑料也能茁壮成长。科学家希望这种“升级版”的生物循环能带来塑料垃圾回收的新方式,从而减少垃圾填埋量。


                               
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Australian researchers have discovered that the Zophobas morio “superworm” can feed on polystyrene, a common ocean pollutant, a discovery that could be the key to plastic recycling.

This species, a beetle whose larva is sold as food for pets, has a bacterial enzyme in its intestine that allows it to degrade this thermoplastic, the University of Queensland said in a statement on Friday.

This discovery could contribute to solving one of the most serious problems of the global economy, which produced about 360 million tonnes of plastic in 2018, which usually ends up in oceans and threatens marine ecosystems.

This beetle species, which reach a maximum size of between 5 and 6 cm, are native to Central America and the northern part of South America.


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