Insect technology: Taking a ’bite’ out of plastic pollution
Polystyrene is a non-biodegradable persistent plastic that is accumulating at alarming rates on land and in rivers, lakes and oceans.
To address this, The University of Western Australia (UWA) will unite with Woodside Energy Ltd to investigate the use of insect technology as a means of converting polystyrene waste into high value protein products.
Preliminary studies suggest that larvae of yellow mealworms are capable of degrading polystyrene and polyethylene via enzymatic processes in the larval gut.
We seek a student to investigate the process by which this occurs, and explore other insects that could be intensively farmed for plastic removal.
Further details can be found here: https://www.uwa.edu.au/projects/insect-technology---taking-a-bite-out-of-plastic-pollution
General UWA PhD entrance requirements can be found on the Future Students website: