[ExI] Fungi eat plastic and can survive without oxygen; may clean ocean and landfills

Flexman, Connor connor_flexman at brown.edu
Fri May 8 14:27:04 UTC 2015

> "It's the first fungus ever found to survive on only polyurethane, no
>> oxygen needed, which is why they want to use it at the bottom of landfills."
> Are we not worried about the fungus spreading to actual polyurethane that
we use aboveground? It says it has the ability to break it down
anaerobically but not that oxygen is toxic or anything. It also attacks
some tree leaves in Japan, which makes me a little hesitant to introduce it
to a new part of the world given our past history with invasive species.
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