The larvae eaters of menggunungnya solutions, plastic garbage.
By Abdul Halim
Litter is a problem unsolved until now, especially plastic waste. Burning garbage is indeed reduce trash on the ground, however, thus giving new problems such as air pollution.
Research conducted experts from Stanford teamed with researchers from China found that the larvae of the black beetle can destroy many types of plastic.
Researchers from the Department of civil and environmental engineering, Wei-Min Wu, find the larvae that are able to survive in Polystyrene, a type of plastic. Bacteria in the gut of the larva outlines plastic during the process of digestion.
This discovery has been published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Imiah in 2 parts and is the first to provide an explanation of details about decomposition of plastic in the intestines of animals. Understand how bacteria in the intestine the larvae digest the plastic black beetle gives new hope to save the environment from plastic waste.
"We open the door to New Discoveries in the settlement of the problem of plastic pollution," said Wu.
"Sometimes, science startle us. This is a surprise, "said Craig Criddle, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who is also guiding the research of Wu and other researchers at Stanford.
In laboratory experiments, black beetle larvae consuming 100 between 34 to 39 milligrams of Styrofoam, some grains, one per day. Within 24 hours, the larvae secrete droppings in the form of lumps of plastic remnants in the form of fragments decompose dirt similar to rabbits. Larvae that eat the same styrofoam record-breaking profits with larvae that eat as usual, said Wu, and one looked safe to use as compost of agriculture.
In previous research, a Waxworm larvae of moths of India, has in his intestines Microbe that can decipher the Polyethylene plastic, the kind used to Crackle garbage. However, research on the black beetle larvae is very significant because Styrofoam is judged more troublesome to the environment.
Researchers led by Criddle was also researching bacteria that are able to decipher the Polypropylene (plastic is widely used in the industry start clothing to automotive components) microbead and bioplastic (plastic made from renewable materials like corn or biogas).
Research on plastic decomposition indeed interesting especially plastic waste in the ocean that are damaging to a variety of marine life ranging from fish, birds to coral reefs. The development of the bacteria to the applications of marine litter in decomposition into a challenge for scientists.