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Plastivore

1 August @ 11:00 am18 August @ 4:00 pm

Free

Artist Oliver Kellhammer’s work allows you to watch the mealworms as they dine on polystyrene.

 

Oliver Kellhammer (United States of America)

Do solutions to our recycling crisis exist in nature?

Nature is outsmarting us. Solutions to our enormous waste problems are often right in front of us. Polystyrene is a non-biodegradable material that is a large component of our global waste problem and a major contributor to pollution. The humble mealworm has the ability to partially biodegrade polystyrene through its gut bacteria, breaking down the plastic and turning it into compost. But what if we start genetically engineering our insect friends to be super plastic-digesters? The perfect solution? Or ecological slavery?

Artist Oliver Kellhammer’s work allows you to watch the mealworms as they dine on polystyrene.

The University of Melbourne, Macfarland Court

1–18 August
Open Monday to Saturday 11am–6pm, plus Sunday 18 August 10am–4pm.

Details

Start:
1 August @ 11:00 am
End:
18 August @ 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Event Tags:
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Website:
https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com/seasons/disposable/program/plastivore

Venue

Macfarland Court
The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC Australia

Organiser

Ellie Michaelides
Phone:
03 8344 6106
Email:
ellie.michaelides@unimelb.edu.au
Website:
melbourne.sciencegallery.com

Other

Event type:
Exhibition
Suitable for:
Everyone
Topic:
Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
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