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Plastic eating fungi…. http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679201/fungi-discovered-in-the-amazon-will-eat-your-plastic

Angie

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It doesn’t make me excited.  What happens next to the fungi?  What eats it?

Surely it is just another example of plastics entering the food chain?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16709045

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We have minimal plastic, but I know that plastics in landfill are a huge issue - I would have thought that anything which helps reduce landfill is a good thing….

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Aye, good thing, but what will eat the fungi?  Many plastics are very toxic, and that toxicity could be passed into the food chain, so while it’s amazing there is fungi that will do this, it is a bit concerning too.

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I do think it sounds fascinating and just goes to show what amazing things there are still out there that we have yet to discover, plus yet more reasons to protect the rainforest from further destruction, with it’s incredible range of species.

What I find sad is that you can already see how this could end up being seen as a reason for why it is ok to keep on producing more and more plastic and nobody yet knows the impact of using this fungi on a large scale nor removing it from its natural habitat. Interesting though.

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big surprise I invented this only yesterday!! Well maybe not, but I did think, “wouldn’t it be great if they found something that could biodegrade all the plastic in the landfills!?”

But yes, I agree you shouldn’t mess with natural food chains!!  It always ends in tears!

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sky_curl - 01 February 2012 07:16 PM

It doesn’t make me excited.  What happens next to the fungi?  What eats it?

Surely it is just another example of plastics entering the food chain?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16709045

Oh wow, I’d not seen this.  Makes me think twice now about polyester microfibre cloth nappies.

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“Many plastics are very toxic, and that toxicity could be passed into the food chain, so while it’s amazing there is fungi that will do this, it is a bit concerning too.”.

The thing is, if the plastic is being broken down, it wouldn’t necessarily be toxic per se. Plastics are basically hydrocarbons, with another element or two added, nitrogen in the case of polyurethene iirc. There are a lot of hydrocarbons out there that we use in daily life which are not toxic: butter, coconut or olive or sunflower oil. for example. The elements themselves are not harmful per se-nitrogen, oxygen, carbon and hydrogen.
(ETA just to say even having a nitrogen and an oxygen in the polyurethene does not make it necessarily toxic, protein (meat, cheese etc) has this set up.). the toxicity comes from the arrangement of the atoms, and its persistence comes in part from the sheer length of the chain.  so if the fungi was breaking them down and reconfiguring them, which we do every second of every day in our own bodies with other elements (breathing in and out, for example, is this) there is no reason for the toxicity to remain. I assume that the fungi will have an enzyme or something to allow it to use polyurethene as a source of energy, but that will involve breaking it down.

I agree I don’t want people to take this as a licence to use more plastic, this doesn’t really solve any sort of problem any more than using biofuels does. I like the michael moore sketch about plastic mining…

ETA this wouldn’t be a microplastic,if its being digested. The problem with microplastics is that they are actually still plastics, just very small bits, in the same way that even a tiny bit of cyanide is still cyanide and thus toxic. If the fungi is digesting it, it should logically produce a different compound, and presumably, hopefully, one that is non-toxic.

I’m not about to change my stance on plastics, and I completely agree that I don’t think this should be a licence to use more plastic, but I was really excited about the possibility of something safely breaking down all those tons and tons of plastic which is already sitting in landfill. I thought that would be a real positive for the environment. Sorry if I posted something people are offended by - wasn’t my intention at all.

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i know this is a late post but this is good news to get rid of the existing plastic in land fill, many animals eat toxic food and are able to break it down somehow in to harmless properties. it’s not a green flag to use more plastic but maybe these fungi are able to process it harmlessly back into more simple compounds, who knows but it’s a good thing that something can eat plastic so eat away my little friends lol xx tongue rolleye

Caren x

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