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Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve Worlds Waste Problem
PSFK.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Emma Hutchings

Posted on 03/16/2012 10:58:09 AM PDT by Twotone

A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within their tissue.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: amazon; flesheating; plastics; rainforest; skineaters
I guess it's true that for every 'thing' in the world, there's somebody willing to eat it.
1 posted on 03/16/2012 10:58:15 AM PDT by Twotone
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To: Twotone

Yeah, great. The search for oil-eating and plastic eating bugs.

Then, next thing you know, some freak Greenie group will let the things go all over the place, and plastic everywhere will start to fall apart. I can just see the supermarket shelves, now!

Great job, guys! But watch out, these fungi will eat your iPads!


2 posted on 03/16/2012 11:01:50 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Twotone

In other news, Cher and her offspring have gone into seclusion.


3 posted on 03/16/2012 11:02:08 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Cicero

As long as it doesn’t join forces with SkyNet.


4 posted on 03/16/2012 11:02:58 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Twotone

This sounds like a SciFi novel’s plot. I can see unintended consequences for letting loose a plastic (oil) eating microbe into the wild.


5 posted on 03/16/2012 11:08:14 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Twotone

Any chance, if it eats plastic, that it excretes crude oil? maybe gasoline?


6 posted on 03/16/2012 11:09:08 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Twotone

First they come for your plastic, then they come for your Gold Card.


7 posted on 03/16/2012 11:09:17 AM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: Cicero

If you ever watched the movie Andromeda Strain that was a part of the plot in the movie an unknown organism was eating the plastic hose fittings in an F4 Phantom causing the aircraft to crash and killing the pilot.

It’s amazing how far ahead sci-fi is ahead of science fact.


8 posted on 03/16/2012 11:12:49 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: BykrBayb
"In other news, Cher and her offspring have gone into seclusion."

OMG BykrBayb. That's it--thread over, everyone. LOL.

9 posted on 03/16/2012 11:12:49 AM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: Twotone

Is this supposed to be good news?

Get a spot on your new GM vehicle and end up with 2 pounds of cheap sheet metal and a hand full of screws.


10 posted on 03/16/2012 11:16:09 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Miss Behave

; )


11 posted on 03/16/2012 11:18:40 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: dangerdoc

And several hundred pounds of lead...


12 posted on 03/16/2012 11:20:44 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1151 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Twotone
The genus Pestalotiopsis is grouped in the Xylariales order and comprises several known plant pathogens. The fungus is not host specific and causes rot and disease in a wide variety of plant species (29), although these isolates were all endophytic and the plants showed no pathogenic symptoms. Pestalotiopsis microspora isolates have previously been shown to have a propensity for horizontal gene transfer. In one notable case, a Pestalotiopsis microspora strain isolated as a fungal endophyte from the taxol-producing plant Taxus wallachiana had acquired the ability to synthesize taxol (27). Such a propensity for horizontal gene transfer may have contributed to the ability of a subset of these isolates to degrade polyester polyurethane as a sole carbon substrate, or it may reflect a significant level of phenotypic diversity among the genus.

Uhhh, this might not be sooo good...

13 posted on 03/16/2012 11:21:46 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Twotone

Any way to modify the DNA of that fungus so that it eats liberals?


14 posted on 03/16/2012 11:22:35 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Twotone
Eli's coulda stayed right at home in New Haven...wandred down to the NH green and taken some bio-samples from the OWSers *still* there. EUWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


15 posted on 03/16/2012 11:23:37 AM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: Cicero

“The fungi can survive on polyurethane alone and is uniquely able to do so in an oxygen-free environment.”

As long as the iPads are aren’t buried in a land-fill, they should be okay. But I have no problem threatening the Greenies with such a possibility, just for the amusement value.


16 posted on 03/16/2012 11:24:29 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Twotone

"Oh, Gus the gardener's gone now....and you went with him too....The fungus here reminds me of the fun Gus is having with you...."

17 posted on 03/16/2012 11:27:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Sci Fi novel has been done on this subject. Story of a bacteria used to clean oil spills that end up consuming anything oil based. Read it a few years ago.


18 posted on 03/16/2012 11:27:12 AM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: Twotone

Follow-up story yet to be written:

Government spends half-million for plastic shipping containers to ship samples of Plastic-Eating Fungi. (Sarc)


19 posted on 03/16/2012 11:27:54 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Da Coyote
LIEberals at Yale?..........No WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!


20 posted on 03/16/2012 11:33:44 AM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: Twotone

This has unintended consequences written all over it!


21 posted on 03/16/2012 11:45:07 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Snickering Hound
Uhhh, this might not be sooo good...

Tell me about, sounds like a real life "descolada virus".

The oil/polymer eating bug was a plot in an episode of Sliders, it emphasized the unintended consequences...

22 posted on 03/16/2012 11:53:24 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Twotone

Pelosi should be very scared.


23 posted on 03/16/2012 11:54:44 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Twotone

Just keep it from the gaskets at Wildfire...


24 posted on 03/16/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: Yo-Yo
Long since been done:

Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters

25 posted on 03/16/2012 1:09:29 PM PDT by Salgak
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To: Twotone
have found a fungi

A fungus.

26 posted on 03/16/2012 5:12:00 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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