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Mealworms Provide Plastic Solution | Media Coverage

Sep 10, 2020


Multiple outlets have covered an ongoing  study in which Stanford researchers have found that mealworms can break down the toxic chemicals in plastic.

Published Study

Fate of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), A Common Flame Retardant, In Polystyrene-Degrading Mealworms: Elevated HBCD Levels in Egested Polymer but No Bioaccumulation |  Environmental Science and Technology

Press Release

Stanford Study Shows Mealworms Consume Toxic Additive-Containing Plastic

Media Coverage

Sept. 10, 2020 | Could Unlocking the Mystery of the Mealworms' Gut Help Solve Our Plastic Crisis | CNN

January 13, 2020 | How Mealworms Can Reduce Plastic Pollution | Environmental Technology 

January 2, 2020 | Mealworms Can Eat Toxic Polystyrene Foam Safely | Modern Farmer

January 2, 2020 | Mealworms Can Safely Biodegrade Toxic Additive-Containing Plastic | SciNews

December 27, 2019 | Plastic-eating Worms Could Help Clean Up the Environment | Gizmoposts24

December. 26, 2019 | Plastic-Eating Mealworms Could Help Clean Up the Environment | Daily Mail 

December 22, 2019 | Mealworms Can Safely Eat Styrofoam | Bloomberg

December 22, 2019 | Stanford Study Shows Plastic-Gobbling Mealworms Safe to Use as Feed Stock | CBS SF Bay Area

December 20, 2019 | Plastic-Munching Mealworms may be Key to Helping Clean Environment | San Francisco Chronicle 

December. 20, 2019 | Study Shows that Toxic Additive Doesn't Accumulate in Styrofoam-Eating Mealworms | New Atlas

December 20, 2019 | Stanford research hopes mealworms could help solve plastics waste | Packing Gateway

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