In the context of the worldwide eternal question, relating to the sorting of materials such as plastic, nature comes to the rescue. It seems, in fact, that there is a mushroom, the Pestalotiopsis Microspora, which has a very particular characteristic: it feeds almost exclusively on polyurethane.
If you have never heard of it, Sd Stampi, a leading company in Carpi (Modena) for polyurethane molds, will tell you.
The research that led to the singular discovery, carried out by the “Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory“, focused on a series of technologies that use natural microorganisms for the degradation mechanism of substances, through aerobic and anaerobic processes.
A research that aimed to approach the problems of waste disposal.
In this case, it seems that the best ally of the environment and nature is a mushroom.
Once in the laboratory, this particular species of mushroom was selected, isolated and scrupulously observed through appropriate tests to understand how it could contribute to the decomposition of the polyurethane.
The truly incredible results have shown how this mushroom literally feeds on this material in an almost exclusive way.
Research represents a tenuous hope in opening up to an eco-sustainable future. Experts try by every means to find a solution for the disposal of plastic.
In this case, nature comes to meet him, “solving” the problem by literally feeding on this material.