Plastic-eating fungi to save environment?


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.