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Kinetics of Polymer Degradation with Tenebrio Molitor - Using Mealworms to Stop Plastic Waste

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Hailey Chulamorkodt

Grade:
11
Teacher:
Patricia Garcia

"Americans generate 32 million tons of discarded plastic waste that accumulates in landfills. Plastics can take over fifty years to decompose. Accumulating plastic waste is becoming a major problem. In a Stanford study, the Tenebrio Molitor has been shown to digest Styrofoam, a popular form of Polystyrene. The Plastics Industry Council categorized plastics into six categories based on the chemical monomer. I performed an experiment to determine if the Tenebrio Molitor could also digest all six categories of plastics."


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One thought on “Kinetics of Polymer Degradation with Tenebrio Molitor – Using Mealworms to Stop Plastic Waste

  1. I enjoyed reading your research and looking at your slide deck. Plastic pollution is definitely a pressing issue, and this project adds to the brainstorm of ideas currently in the environmental field. Congrats on your SARSEF project!

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