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Sacharomyces cerevisiae cells / Masur / LicensePD - Public Domain

Various fungi can digest petroleum, plastic, iron, and other hazardous waste products.

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Summary
"The variety of substances that fungi can digest is extraordinary. Some can live on petroleum, others on the thin films that coat lenses. Silica, magnesium, iron, even plastic are all consumed by one kind or another." (Attenborough 1995:179)
About the inspiring organism
Med_800pxmorelasci Fungi
Fungi

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Dealing with waste and pollution using products that mimic the various digestive abilities of fungi.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Waste management, bioremediation

References
Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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SharonJLeach
over 4 years ago
Are any of these in production as petroleum waste clean-up packages?
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