03 Feb '12, 3pm

Plastic-Eating Fungus Found | Care2 Healthy Living

Plastic-Eating Fungus Found | Care2 Healthy Living

Researchers from Yale University traveled to Yasuni National Park in Ecuador’s rainforest, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, to look for fungi capable of eating polyurethane plastics, and they say they found more than one . Pestalotiopsis microspora is the fungus they showed to have the most ability to survive while consuming and degrading polyurethane in aerobic and anaerobic (oxygen-free) environments. Covered landfills can be oxygen-free or low oxygen environments, so one potential use of the fungus, (though this use is currently untested and unproven) is to apply it to polyurethane in those environments for bioremediation. The researchers were able to show the fungus degrading polyurethane in a lab environment. The researchers noted in their study paper, “This investigation established the robust activity for polyurethane degradation under anaerobic condition...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/plastic-eating-fungus-fo...

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