Scientists are all praise for fungi that gorge on plastics

Oct 01, 2018, 3:46 AM EDT
(Source: Neticola Sny/flickr)
(Source: Neticola Sny/flickr)

A new-found strain of fungus can break down plastics within weeks instead of years, a power that scientists would love as they toil hard to find sustainable methods for tackling the menace of plastic pollution.

A report, published by scientists at Kew Gardens, claims that the ability of Aspergillus tubingensis to dramatically speed up decomposition of plastic could be leveraged in new tools to combat an unwieldy environmental problem, notes The Telegraph.

The report, compiled by 100 scientists from across 18 countries, urges the scientific community to double down efforts on exploring the fungus kingdom and its unknown species, writes CNN.