More than a hundred scientists from 18 countries spoke at the last meeting at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens (UK). The main sensation was the confirmation of the ability of the fungus of the species Aspergillus tubingensis to destroy plastic. But there were other novelties as well.
The fungus Aspergillus tubingensis was discovered by Chinese scientists in Pakistani landfills last year. It is remarkable in that it breaks the bonds between plastic molecules, and then absorbs these residues of organic matter. Moreover, if the mushroom is conditionally "hungry", the process takes weeks, not years. That is, it could become an effective means of recycling plastic waste, if you learn to cultivate this species.
Scientists-mycologists explain that less than 7% of existing types of mushrooms are known to science - and in total there are about 3 million of their names on Earth. But if among them mushrooms with such wonderful, by human standards, properties have already been found, then the rest of them probably contains a whole storehouse of discoveries. We just need to move forward - every year 2000 new types of mushrooms are discovered in the world. The most notable discoveries of 2017: mushrooms living on oil paint, in nails and in ordinary dust.
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