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Scientists discovered a mushroom that eats plastic, and believe it could clean our landfills.

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According to reports, the mushroom's plastic-devouring properties were first discovered in 2011, when a team of Yale undergraduates and their professor traveled to Ecuador for a research trip. They found the mushroom ?" Pestalotiopsis microspora ?" in the amazon and were astounded to find that the fungus not only subsists on polyurethane (it's the first plant to sustain itself only on plastic), but could do so without oxygen.

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