The key to breaking down plastic may be in caterpillars’ guts

Insect larvae that eat polyethylene have diverse bacterial cocktail in their stomach

Plodia interpunctella

ANTI-PLASTIC FANTASTIC  The grain-loving larvae of the moth Plodia interpunctella can be a pest in the kitchen. But the critters can also digest plastic that would otherwise take years to degrade.

David Cappaert/Bugwood.org (CC BY-NC 3.0)

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