Enhancing earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) tolerance to plastic contamination through gut microbiome fortification with plastic-degrading microorganisms.
We are delighted to share important news in the field of environmental research. The University of Almeria (UAL) and Miguel Hernandez University (UMH) have published a new landmark study in sustainability science and biology.
The Study: Published in the prestigious Journal of Hazardous Materials, the article entitled “Enhancing earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) tolerance to plastic contamination through gut microbiome fortification with plastic-degrading microorganisms” is the work of Carpena-Istan et al. (2023). This innovative study explores how fortification of the gut microbiome of earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris) with plastic-degrading microorganisms can increase their tolerance to plastic contamination.
Significance of the Study: In a world where plastic pollution is a growing environmental concern, this study opens new avenues to address the problem in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. By improving the ability of earthworms to tolerate and process plastic waste, we could take a major step towards reducing the environmental impact of plastics.
Access to the article: For those interested in the findings and methodologies of this study, the full article is available online. You can read it by accessing the following link: Journal of Hazardous Materials – Carpena-Istan et al. (2023). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304389423021209: