Plastic-eating fungi found in Amazon may solve landfill problems

Today a friend of mine shared an article from Digital Journal that I found exciting and fascinating.  It was too cool to not share with others:

For anyone with environmental concerns, there is now hope for our landfill and plastic waste problems:  a fungus known as Pestalotiopsis microspora.

One of Dryden, Ontario's Landfill's. This one ...

One of Dryden, Ontario's Landfill's. This one is located in Barclay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The article explains:

The group brought back a new fungus with a voracious appetite for polyurethane, which is a common plastic used for many modern purposes, including shoes, garden hoses and other non-degenerating items.

The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is able to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and, which is even more surprising can do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment. Perfect for conditions at the bottom of a landfill.

I’m curious to know whether it eats other things, as well, or if other things eat it, in case the Pestalotiopsis microspora population gets out of control.  We don’t want to turn from one environmental crisis to another.

Still, this is very exciting!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Three Well Beings
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 22:44:52

    This is quite amazing…I almost want to laugh, but if it’s true, how great! We absolutely have to be concerned about the landfills, and I would have been sure there was no reversal possible. What a great article to find! Debra


    • Mommysaurus
      Mar 28, 2012 @ 09:04:20

      I’m right there with you on thinking there would be no solution to all the trash in landfills. It’s awesome how nature still offers solutions to man’s attempt to destroy it.


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