Mushrooms have been on our planet way before the existence of mankind. Information received from fossils revealed that once upon a time, giant mushrooms that as tall as 24 feet were present on earth! Over the years, Mushrooms have become a part of our diet. But there's a new species of mushroom discovered that may actually help solve our waste problem and provide sustainable food options!
Back in 2012, a few students of Yale University discovered a rare species of Mushrooms in the Amazon rainforest. Known as the ‘Pestalotiopsis Microspora’, this mushroom capable of sustaining itself on plastic alone!
This information may seem absurd at the start, but this mushroom consumes polyurethane, the key ingredient in plastic products. The mushroom then converts it into organic matter. Furthermore, this mushroom can live without oxygen!
And the best part about these plastic-consuming fungi is that some of them may actually be safe to eat!
Further research proved that a lot of commonly found mushrooms such as Oyster mushrooms can also survive on polyurethane.
Researchers are now experimenting on how to use these fungi on a large scale as a plastic recycling alternative. They have developed a prototype called ‘Fungi Mutarium’ which is a tabletop installation that lets you culture the mushroom by feeding it plastic, DIY style.
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