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Originally posted by usnkriete
Hope we can find one big enough to bite me and then I could be mutate and get cool spiderman powers.
Originally posted by isyeye
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Having said that, we're still not clear on how much, if any, radiation this growth has actually been exposed to. Organisms with a natural resistance to radiation are said to be "radioresistant," and certainly do exist; Deinococcus radiodurans, for example (pictured here) is not only one of the most naturally radioresistant organisms on Earth, we've actually genetically engineered Deinococcus that can be used in the treatment of radioactive waste.
"Ionizing Radiation: how fungi cope, adapt, and exploit with the help of melanin"
Curr Opin Microbiol. 2008 December; 11(6): 525–531. Published online 2008 October 24.
Among the environments with high radiation resulting from human activities - two examples stand out. First, melanized fungal species colonize the walls of the damaged reactor at Chernobyl where they are exposed to a high constant radiation field (12). Second, melanized fungal species are found in the so-called reactor cooling pool water. This water circulates through the nuclear reactor core for cooling purposes and is extremely radioactive. These pools comprise large amounts of fungi, cocci, Gram-positive rods, and some Gram-negative rods. Analysis of this reactor water microflora has led to the suggestion that high fluxes of radiation select for highly radioresistant types of microorganisms, which manifest increases in catalase and nuclease activities (13).
Originally posted by corsair00
Mushroom mycelium looks exactly like a white web. Mycelium grows like a network of a fine, white thread throughout nature and feeds off of dying or dead organic material.
Fungi are the grand molecular disassemblers of nature. They are the interface organisms between life and death. They generate soil. The entire food web of nature is based on these fungal filaments. The mycelial network that infuses all land masses in the world is a supportive membrane upon which life proliferates - and further diversifies. Mushrooms also have a very bizarre property of hyper-accumulating heavy metals. Forests are thousands of acres, and so fungi that produce mushrooms will be thousands of acres in size. This gives us a ready ability to tap into this powerful inherent resource that mushroom mycelium has to remediate environments: Prevent downstream pollution from microbes, viruses - including from bacteria, protozoa; also for breaking down a wide assortment of pollutants. This is one of the pedestals of mycorestoration - using mushroom mycelium in order to heal environments - because these are truly healing membranes.