Plastic-Eating Fungus Found At A Landfill Site In Pakistan | IFLScience

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Researchers have found a species of fungus, known as Aspergillus tubingensis, that is able to feed off of plastic. In lab experiments, published in Environmental Pollution, scientists found that the mycelium of the fungus colonizes polyester polyurethane plastic, causing surface degradation and scarring.

This is not the first time that organisms have been found to be able to feed off plastic waste.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Plastic-degrading fungus found in Pakistan rubbish dump
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/plastic-degrading-fungus-pakistan-rubbish-dump-islamabad-dr-sehroon-khan-a7962046.html

    Polyurethane is used to manufacture a huge variety of everyday objects that end up as plastic waste

    Scientists believe they may have discovered one solution to the planet’s growing level of plastic waste in the form of a plastic-eating fungus.

    The subsequent study, published in science journal Environmental Pollution, isolated the fungus, identified as Aspergillus tubingensis found in the dump to assess its ability to degrade polyester polyurethane.

    Polyurethane is used to manufacture a huge variety of everyday objects and components, including tyres, condoms, hoses, supermarket trolleys, car suspension bushings, and some glues.

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