Researchers discover polyurethane-eating microorganism

02/5/2012 | Plastics & Rubber Weekly (U.K.)

Yale University researchers have discovered a polyurethane-consuming fungus during a rainforest expedition in the Amazon jungle. The microorganism, called Pestalotiopsis microspora, can anaerobically eat polyurethane in an environment that is similar to landfills. The discovery is "a promising source of biodiversity from which to screen for metabolic properties useful for bioremediation," according to the researchers, who added that future landfills may contain fields of waste-consuming fungi.

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