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Mushrooms could solve the war on plastic

Fungi could help tackle some of the world's big challenges, such as finding clean fuels and tackling plastic rubbish, experts have said. A new report estimates there are about three million species of fungi, but little is known about this 'Jekyll and Hyde' kingdom of nature.  A study was undertaken by researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and their report talks about a fungus found in a rubbish tip in Pakistan that is capable of breaking down plastics, such as polyester polyurethane.  It does so in weeks - rather than hundreds of years - raising hopes of new ways to tackle global plastic pollution.  Read more...



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