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      Plastic agriculture using worms: Augmenting polystyrene consumption and using frass for plant growth towards a zero-waste circular economy.

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            Journal
            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            21 December 2020
            Affiliations
            [1 ] A*STAR
            Article
            10.14324/111.444/000048.v2
            860f891b-e972-4473-9ccc-dc2b9dc33ccc

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

            Entomology, General environmental science, Life sciences

            Biodegradation, Mealworm, Superworm, Frass, Polystyrene, rooting, agricultural support, waste management , Waste, Environmental science, Circular economy

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            Date: 4 February 2021

            Handling Editor: Dr Craig Styan

            Editorial decision:

            Declined for publication by the Editors of the journal and withdrawn from submission. This preprint (and all other versions of it) will remain online in the preprint server with its registered DOI, but the article is no longer under consideration for peer review in UCL Open: Environment and the authors are free to submit this manuscript to any other relevant journal of their choice. For more information about this please read the journal’s Editorial Policy online at https://ucl-about.scienceopen.com/publishing-policies.

            Comments from the Handling Editor:

            Thank you for your revision following version 1 peer review. Unfortunately, we still  feel you have been unable to adequately address many of the more serious concerns expressed by the version 1 reviewers about the level of detail provided about experiments and why particular measurements (and not others) were made.  In particular, while previous studies may have provided evidence of polystyrene consumption (and digestion) by mealworms, the evidence for this in your study appears to be limited. That you argue to not be concerned with consumption per se (just degradation) does not seem to align with experiments in which food additives were added and, as pointed out by the reviews, whether plastics are consumed or simply degraded presumably makes a large difference to whether this is a sustainable solution to plastic waste (and then also to the subsequent discussion in the manuscript).  Similarly, the revised version of the manuscript has not addressed the many of the key criticisms regarding statistical testing and their interpretation, details about the cactus experiments and how the GC measurements relate to the hypotheses being tested overall.

            2021-02-05 14:07 UTC
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            Date: 06 January 2021

            Handling Editor: Craig Styan

            The article has been revised, this article remains a preprint article and peer-review has not been completed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment Preprint for open peer review.

            2021-01-06 17:20 UTC
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