Plastic-Easting Fungi Discovered In Amazon

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    Jan 31, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    Possibly one more reason to keep ecosystems intact.. lest we lost more biodiversity and thus more undiscovered resources:

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

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    Feb 01, 2012 3:09 AM GMT
    I guess that's better than fungi-eating plastic.
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    "Ecosystems" - LMAO
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    =o!

    How will I keep my precious old water bottles safe???
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    That's really freaking awesome! Considering the issues we will be facing with the ridiculous amount of plastic that won't easily decompose by itself, it's good to know that a possible solution is out there!
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    Nature does have a way of always managing to pull ahead. I'm waiting for the day when Nature decides humans need to be culled.....icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Bustamante saidNature does have a way of always managing to pull ahead. I'm waiting for the day when Nature decides humans need to be culled.....icon_eek.gif


    lol Amen icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    Bustamante saidNature does have a way of always managing to pull ahead. I'm waiting for the day when Nature decides humans need to be culled.....icon_eek.gif
    It already decided, but it decided to cull us in a long drawn-out process (climate change). icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 02, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    Polyurethane-degrading fungi have been known for 50 years icon_rolleyes.gif

    I guess someone felt lonely and thought they needed to call a press conference.
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    Feb 02, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Bustamante saidNature does have a way of always managing to pull ahead. I'm waiting for the day when Nature decides humans need to be culled.....icon_eek.gif
    It already decided, but it decided to cull us in a long drawn-out process (climate change). icon_wink.gif

    I wish it would speed it up! Wait, it's already happening, thanks to the humans.
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    Feb 02, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    Damn. I didn't know there were so many on RJ who think that human-beings are a parasite on the planet!icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 02, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ said"Ecosystems" - LMAO



    what??? there is some form of interdependence between living creatures and plants and microbes - even cockroaches in.all their forms?? shock horror
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    Feb 02, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Damn. I didn't know there were so many on RJ who think that human-beings are a parasite on the planet!icon_rolleyes.gif


    well isn't all life parasitic on the planet?
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    Feb 02, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Shouldn't be focus on trying to recycle plastic?

    The origin of plastics isn't a resource that will last us forever.
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    Feb 02, 2012 9:53 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ said"Ecosystems" - LMAO


    What's funny about that?
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    Feb 02, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Upper_Cdn said
    StudlyScrewRite said Damn. I didn't know there were so many on RJ who think that human-beings are a parasite on the planet!icon_rolleyes.gif


    well isn't all life parasitic on the planet?


    Haha, well this is funny icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 02, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    Justtrying said
    JackNWNJ said"Ecosystems" - LMAO


    What's funny about that?


    Nothing.

    He's a troll.
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    Feb 02, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Hmmm. If I had this fungi in my car, I would have no problem leaving all of my water bottles in there icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 02, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    NOM-NOM-NOM
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    Feb 03, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    I for one welcome our new Fungi overlords.
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    Feb 03, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    This could have very grave unintended consequences if this fungi were permitted to spread.

    I'm sure some lab somewhere will make genetically modify it first to be much more efficient at digesting plastic before releasing it into the wild.

    Say goodbye to plastics!
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    Feb 03, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    Er, no. Polyurethane is biodegradable, as are rubber, latex, etc. There are fungi everywhere that can do it. Everywhere. (Some of the air seals on the old russian space station, for example. o O)

    Polyethylene, PET, polypropylene, ABS, etc... not so much.

    Don't believe very sensationalist headline you see on the internet. And none that you see on politico-religious blogs.
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    Feb 03, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    Whoa! Now how on there.

    What does the fungus compose the plastic into? Is the plastic decomposed into safe, eco-friendly chemicals? What gets released into the environment after the fungus is done with the plastic, and when it dies itself?
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    Feb 03, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    Keep it away from the Tupperware!
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    Feb 03, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    Montague saidKeep it away from the Tupperware!

    It'll eat the plastic crisper bins in your refrigerator, too! ... icon_eek.gif