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Mealworms Make a Meal of Styrofoam
A new study from Stanford University has shown that common mealworms can survive on a diet of Styrofoam and other types of polystyrene, potentially leading to new solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem.

The study says that the tiny worm has microorganisms in its guts that can process plastic. The researchers made this “surprising” discovery after observing 100 mealworms in a laboratory, which ate between 34 and 39 milligrams of Styrofoam per day.

Within 24 hours, the worms converted about half of the Styrofoam into carbon dioxide while excreting the bulk of the remaining plastic as biodegraded fragments.


 
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Common Aquatic Bacteria Responsible for Fish Kill - Test results from fish sampling suggest the recent Spofford Lake fish kill resulted from the presence of a common aquatic bacteria combined with a time of year when fish were stressed from spawning activity and war water temperatures. Test results showed that no virus was present in the fish tested and that the bacteria found was Aeromonas Hydrophila. According to Fish Health Center Staff, this bacteria only becomes lethal to fish when there is another stressor to the fish. In some cases, the bacteria can infect a single fish and then multiply rapidly, causing a substantial fish kill.


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