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Wax worms, Galleria mellonella, can biodegrade plastic, including the sturdy and common polyethylene. 

May 4, 2017
The Scientist Staff

CÉSAR HERNÁNDEZ/AINHOA GOÑI

   Scientists are studying the mechanisms behind the worms’ plastic-eating abilities, in hopes of creating new avenues for waste removal.

(See P. Bombelli et al., “Polyethylene bio-degradation by caterpillars of the wax moth Galleria mellonella,” Current Biology, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.060, 2017)