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Kew Gardens Scientists Advocate for the Eco Value in Mushrooms

Researchers from Kew Gardens in London may have discovered plastic-eating fungi which, in the context of the ecological landscape of today, is incredibly relevant. A scientific report has been created — a first of its kind, to support and justify these findings.

The State of the World's Fungi 2018 pays particular attention to the aspergillus tubingensis fungus — a vegetation that has indicated it can break down plastic in weeks rather than years. The scientists maintain that the plastic-eating fungi grow on surfaces of polymeric materials and secrete enzymes that break the chemical bonds of plastic molecules. In light of this, the vegetation can prove to be a key player in addressing the plastic-waste crisis that has been terrorizing global industries.