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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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Delavan Lake Dredging Clears Natural Filter - In the late 1980s, Delavan Lake turned into an algae soup by mid-summer that discouraged swimming, clogged boat motors and killed off game fish. Farm and residential development around the lake poured nutrient-rich runoff into the watershed and into the lake. Those nutrients fed the algae blooms. Today, a project to redredge the channel in the narrow inlet which was designed to store and collect the sediment flowing into it before it reaches the open water.


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