Scientists are turning to natural organisms with strange appetites to fix the man-made problem of plastic pollution.
The colorless threadlike tendrils expand slowly – on the lookout for unsuspecting prey.
Gnarled and hungry these twisting branches inject their targets with acidic oozy secretions and a chemical breakdown begins.
The victims are left partially liquefied and easier to eat — or more accurately – absorb.This not the beginning of a horror movie — if anything it’s like a feel-good film for fans of the environment.The process here shows how a gang of fungi called ‘the decomposers’ feed via complicated often microscopic webs.Normally organic plant matter is the prey in this compost-style consumption.But as it turns out a number of ‘the decomposers’ can survive by feeding on plastic – which makes them along with a handful of other plastic eaters a possible secret weapon in the war against plastic waste.
As it turns out nature might offer us the solution to our man-made problems.
Scientists around the world are harnessing — in test tubes- under glass domes and within large bioreactors — the power of living things that can digest plastic without suffering harm.
Imagine a world where you can have your plastic and it gets eaten too.