Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that a type of beetle larvae called Zophobas morio can consume and break down polystyrene, one of the most widely used forms of plastic. Scientists believe that these miracle worms that originate from central and South America, actually enjoy eating polystyrene. After they shred the polystyrene in their mouth, it then travels to feed the bacteria in their gut. In a three-week study, the Zophobas that were fed polystyrene thrived and were able to turn this material into energy.

While plastic may seem convenient at times, there is nothing quick or convenient about it. It threatens the health of the environment, animals, and even people. Furthermore, a majority of plastics don’t end up making it to a recycling facility to be manufactured into a new object. Sadly, 80 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States each year end up in a landfill.

Before these super worms are unleashed all around the world, scientists must grow the worms’ gut bacteria in a lab, and continue to test their ability to break down plastics

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