Plastics represent one of the biggest waste problems in the world because they take a really, really long time to break down. But a recent discovery by a group of Yale students could help speed the process. On an expedition to the rainforest of Ecuador, students from Yale’s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry discovered a previously unknown fungus that has a healthy appetite for polyurethane.
Researchers in Spain have found a yeast, Geotrichum candidum, that can eat holes in compact discs (CDs) and destroy data stored on them. The discovery stemmed from a trip to Belize by a Madrid National Museum of Natural Sciences employee.