Friday, April 13, 2012

The Magic Mushroom


 could it be? is it true? what could this mean for the future? 
So, apparently there is this fungus, a.k.a mushroom, growing in the Amazonian rain forest that has a very interesting ability. Pestalotiopsis microspora was discovered by Scott Strobel, a biochemistry professor from Yale, and his students who when on their annual rainforest adventure. This fungus seems to be able to prosper on a diet entirely of, get this, polyurethane. Thats right guys, plastic. This stuff can even breakdown polyurethane in anaerobic conditions, such as.....wait for it...... the depths of a landfill. Now think about that for a second. Mind-blown yet? 


2 comments:

  1. I had commented earlier this week asking how you know which ones are poisonous, and how you decide which ones to use for dye, and which ones to eat! :-)

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  2. Wow! gorgeous mushrooms. You're brave - I have no faith that I could tell poisonous from tasty and safe.

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