Fungus could clean up polluting plastics

Paul Raven @ 14-05-2010

Nature’s got a way, brothers (and sisters)… not only could we start using fungus as a building material, but it looks like we could use the stuff to leech Bisphenol A – the nasty compound in polycarbonate plastics – from waste materials, keeping it out of the ecosystem at large.

Of course, there’s no telling what might happen to mycelia fed a continuous diet of toxic chemicals. Perhaps it’ll get hungry, and start eating plastics we’re not yet ready to throw away…

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2 Responses to “Fungus could clean up polluting plastics”

  1. Tim Stevens says:

    Sneaky Monster Magnet reference there?

  2. Paul Raven says:

    It was indeed, Tim, but I didn’t think anyone would notice. Kudos (and a special Futurismic gold star) to you! 😀