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Ever drink mountain dew?

Or anything else that is artificial like those cherries you sometimes get on cakes.
    
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My question exactly.

I am wondering too. Probably CO2 and other oxides. Which is bad! But also maybe not.

EDIT: Didn't read some of the comments. If it can break down plastic anaerobically hallelujah!
Edited by Eskanasi - 2/5/12 at 1:03pm
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1. What does it put off while eating plastic?
2. How controllable is this?
3. Does the fungus grow/multiply rapidly? We use polyurethane a lot today, and if it were to become free...
4. Can this fungus be used to, or used in conjunction with something else to, create fuel or something else useful.

I can think of other questions...
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My question exactly.
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Yeah. That's the problem.
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My guess is a very nasty smell.

If it's toxic, it could be even worse than having the plastic around slowly degrading.
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I don't see the point of being able to eat plastic if they just excrete more plastic -.-
I thought the point was to be able to turn it into something that would degrade more quickly.


I could call it great news if this fungus can excrete something useful, or just, as you said something that degrades faster.
Problem is if they actually let go something worse, toxic or hazardous.
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If it's toxic, it could be even worse than having the plastic around slowly degrading.

Yup, I'm pretty sure it will be thoroughly tested in labs before it is used on a large scale. tongue.gif
    
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Think inside the box...literally. Trash companies could reasearch some depot where plastic is put into a huge container then the fungus is let loose. After it's all degraded you could find a way to destroy the fungus before opening container?
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Think inside the box...literally. Trash companies could reasearch some depot where plastic is put into a huge container then the fungus is let loose. After it's all degraded you could find a way to destroy the fungus before opening container?

Yes but it will still be full of toxins laugher.gif That is if the fungus excretes toxins tongue.gif
    
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1. What does it put off while eating plastic?
2. How controllable is this?
3. Does the fungus grow/multiply rapidly? We use polyurethane a lot today, and if it were to become free...
4. Can this fungus be used to, or used in conjunction with something else to, create fuel or something else useful.

I can think of other questions...

^ this

depending on its waste, this can be a very awesome discovery.

for some reason, those little "termites" from, the day the earth stood still, comes to mind.
Edited by Anthony360 - 2/5/12 at 3:34pm
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It seems like this might be a good time to get into the glass-making business.

Imagine these spores getting loose in a grocery store.bigeyedsmiley.png
I wonder how long it will take to develop a clear, spray-on coating that will prevent fungus from eating through packaging while it sits on a store's shelf? Hopefully such a coating would be easy to remove at a recycling plant (acid bath, heat treatment, etc...).
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It seems like this might be a good time to get into the glass-making business.
Imagine these spores getting loose in a grocery store.bigeyedsmiley.png
I wonder how long it will take to develop a clear, spray-on coating that will prevent fungus from eating through packaging while it sits on a store's shelf? Hopefully such a coating would be easy to remove at a recycling plant (acid bath, heat treatment, etc...).
Imagine if you accidently dropped and let some of the fungus free in your house. Wouldn't your house not break down, or your electronics etc start to be eaten?
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