Enzyme quickly metabolizes alcohol: European starling
The metabolism of starlings breaks down alcohol quickly via an alcohol-splitting enzyme.
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
|Enzymatic treatments for alcohols used in soil remediation, treatments for alcoholism or alcohol poisoning.|
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"They discovered that starlings were able to metabolize alcohol at an exceptional speed, due to the rate of activity of the alcohol-splitting enzyme alcoholdehydrogenase, which is 14 times greater in starlings than in humans. This means that the birds can indulge themselves on fermented fruit without getting drunk, since the alcohol is broken down quickly." (Shuker 2001:221)
Sturnus vulgaris Linnaeus, 1758
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Habitat(s): Artificial - Aquatic, Artificial - Terrestrial, Forest, Grassland, Marine Intertidal, Shrubland
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Enzymatic treatments for alcohols used in soil remediation, treatments for alcoholism or alcohol poisoning.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Bioremediation, health
Johann Wolfgang Goethe — Universität Frankfurt/Main