London: Scientists say they have found a “plastic-eating” fungi
in the Amazon rainforest, which they claim could save the world
from one of its biggest man-made environmental catastrophe.
A team at Yale University says that the fungus in the Amazon
rainforest can break down common plastic polyurethane. One of
the most widely used plastics,the global consumption of
polyurethane raw materials in 2007 was above 12 million tonnes,
with an average annual growth rate in its use of about 5%.
As part of Yale’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory
educational programme, the researchers scoured the Ecuadorian
rainforest for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within
their tissue, the Daily Mail said.