SCIENTISTS FOUND AN EDIBLE MUSHROOM THAT EATS PLASTIC, AND IT COULD CLEAN OUR LANDFILLS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SCIENTISTS FOUND AN EDIBLE MUSHROOM THAT EATS PLASTIC, AND IT COULD CLEAN OUR LANDFILLS

But as we well know, plastic is a double-edged sword, with massive amounts of plastic waste not only piling up in landfills, but floating in the most remote depths of our oceans and water supplies. And despite our knowledge of plastic’s harmful effects on the environment, we’ve become so reliant on plastic that there seems to be no end in sight. In fact, plastic production is growing on a yearly basis–and posing a potentially mortal threat to us all.

However, a newly-discovered type of mushroom could not only play a crucial role in slashing plastic pollution, but could have myriad other uses in addressing the environmental crises the planet faces.

Discovered in 2012 by Yale University students, Pestalotiopsis microspora is a rare species of mushroom from the Amazon rainforest that’s capable of subsisting on a diet of pure plastic, or more accurately, the main ingredient in plastic–polyurethane–before converting the human-made ingredient into purely organic matter.

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THIS is a great discovery, and kudos, Yale, for having put together the research team which found it!!

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