Interview with Dr. Federica Bertocchini

In April 2017, the scientist Dr. Federica Bertocchini and her colleagues Paolo Bombelli und Christopher J. Howe published a discovery in the Spanish magazine „Current Biology“, that received great public attention: By chance, the discovered that the Galleria mellonella can biodegrade polyethylene. Polyethylene and polypropylene represent about 92 percent of global plastic production – and up to now, they are almost impossible to biodegrade. Dr. Federica Bertocchini gladly answered our questions on her promising discovery regarding the fight against plastic pollution.

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