The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins fight against plastic pollution


A moth caterpillar on a plastic bag during a scientific experiment in Santander on April 17, 2017. -CSIC/AFP/Cesar HERNANDEZ

PARIS: A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution.

“This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans,” said Cambridge University professor Paolo Bombelli, co-author of a study published in the journal Current Biology.

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