Characterization of the enzymatic activities
The discoveries of insect’s enzymes acting fast, in water and at room temperature on plastics opened a new world of research.
How do these enzymes act? Are they equivalent function-wise, or is their action on the polymer different? And how to optimize their activity?
These are the most immediate questions needed to be addressed.
Characterization of the degradation products
The identification of PE degradation products lays the basis for further exploration for a) acquiring info on the full potentiality of the enzymes’ activity and the full spectrum of degradation products; b) developing applications of the technology in a plastic recycling/upcycling economy.
Portfolio of enzymatic activities
Widening the exploration of enzymatic activities with capacity to degrade plastics will open new frontiers within the bioremediation field using insects as a tool.