‘Plastic-eating’ fungus discovered in Islamabad garbage dump

Pakistani and Chinese researchers have discovered a fungus which feeds on plastic in a rubbish dump in Islamabad.
A study titled “Biodegradation of Polyester Polyurethane by Aspergillus tubingensis”, authored by nine researchers from Pakistan and China ─ who stress the need for “new, safer and more effective ways to degrade waste plastic” ─ found that the fungus aspergillus tubingensis can break down non-biodegradable plastic in weeks by secreting enzymes which pull apart individual molecules.

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