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Plastic eating fungus

The discovery of a fungus, Pestalotiopsis microspora, which can digest polyurethane could help solve the problems of durable plastics in landfills and elsewhere. These fugni were found in the Amazon rainforst as part of Yale university's annual research feld trips in conjunction ewith Peru's, Universidad Nacional San Antõnio Abad del Cusco. They were also able to use pur as the sole source of carbon even in anaerobic conditions similar to those in landfills. As the main ingredient in plastics the bioremediation of polyurethane could have major impact gobally. Research is on-going and aremains at early stages with careful management of microbes a priority http://www.newsweek.com/2014/12/26/plastic-eating-fungi-could-solve-our-garbage-problem-291694.html - Perhaps more potential here - http://www.kunger.at/161540/5346941/overview/fungi-mutarium
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Environment
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2017
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Plastic eating fungus

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