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Plastic-munching caterpillars could save the planet - if they don't destroy it first, new research reveals

Could Mother Nature provide a solution to the world's plastic pollution catastrophe?  Experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew believe that new, plastic-consuming organisms may soon be helping to break down the world's six billion tons of plastic waste.   They are pinning their hopes on a strain of fungus discovered by scientists working on a rubbish dump outside Islamabad, Pakistan, last year.  Aspergillus tubingensis produces a protein — an enzyme — that can actually break down even super-resilient plastics such as polyester polyurethane, fully digesting it within weeks.  Read more...

 

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