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Fungus from the Amazon devours plastic

Date : 2nd February 2012, Source : Mongabay



Students from Yale University have made the amazing discovery of a species of fungus that devours one of the world's most durable, and therefore environmentally troublesome, plastics: polyurethane. The new species of fungus, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is even able to consume polyurethane in zero-oxygen (anaerobic) conditions, which would be important in eating plastics in the deep dark layers of landfills where little sunlight, water, or oxygen is found.

http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0202-hance_fungus_plastic.html





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