Posts by Bill Weir

  • More Than Mere Magic Mushrooms

    Bill Weir at This Could Be Big2 yrs ago

    This week we're talking about fungus two ways. One that can survive exclusively on polyurethane and another that can replace Styrofoam.

    Both polyurethane and styrofoam are not biodegradable, so without a solution, all the plastic bottles and old toys we throw out every year will be sitting in landfills for centuries.

    Yes, you can recycle plastic, but that just means turning it into another product and recycling hasn't sufficiently slowed the production of new plastic.

    According to a Yale study, globally we produced 245 million tons of plastic in 2006, compared to only 1.5 million tons in 1950.

    One of the fungi we're looking at is called pestalotiopsis microspora . It was discovered by a group of Yale researchers on an expedition in Ecuador and can subsist on polyurethane alone in airless environments, like the bottom of a landfill.

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