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The influence of different breeding conditions of Galleria Mellonella larvae on the possibility of recycling polyethylene from the natural environment.

Description: During our research, 6 terrariums with Galleria Mellonella larvae were used, which were bred in different temperature conditions and with different access to food. We compared the amount of polyethylene that was eaten and the influence of ambient temperature on the larvae life. Moreover, their life cycles were described.

Recently, the problem of environmental pollution and ecological actions intrigued us and made us aware of the seriousness of the situation related to the destruction of the natural environment. We came across articles on the possibility of utilizing the ubiquitous polyethylene and polypropylene by the larvae of Galleria Mellonella. We considered how this organism functions, what it is capable of, and whether we can contribute to expanding our knowledge of the functioning of this species and its positive impact on changes in the natural environment. We decided to start research and for the last period we have cultivated and observed how larvae behave and develop under different thermal conditions, with different access to food, its quantity, and most of all, we wondered about the influence of these factors on disposal of polyethylene. We compared the amount of polyethylene that was eaten and the influence of ambient temperature on the larvae life. We hope that our research will help in the future to use the potential of larvae to protect the natural environment, which is after all so polluted.

Organisation: School No. 6 by King John III Sobieski in Jastrzębie-Zdrój

Innovator(s): Authors: Paulina Fratczak, Adrian Grzonka Tutors: Lidia Gajdzik, Barbara Halska, Jerzy Maduzia

Category: Young inventors

Country: Poland

Gold Award