Radiation-loving Fungi Can Remove Toxic Waste

Radiation-loving Fungi Can Remove Toxic Waste

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Mushroom Gomphidius glutinosus - Wikimedia CommonsUsing radiation-loving mushrooms, scientifically referred to as ‘radiotrophic fungi,’ to clean up radioactive or other types of waste is an emerging technique (mycoremediation) that promises to be far less expensive than other competing methods.

In 1987, at the Chernobyl disaster site, a yet unknown species of mold was growing in one of the most hostile environments on the planet, with radiation levels high enough to give a lethal dose in minutes. But these fungi weren’t just growing, they were thriving.

 

(READ the story in the Epoch Times)

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