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CTDL 199: Fungi to the rescue


I’ve got visions of radioactive mushroom monsters roaming the countryside eating stray dogs… but aside from that it sounds like an interesting idea.

Dundee University researchers have found evidence that fungi can “lock” depleted uranium into a mineral form.
This would make it more difficult for the heavy metal – used in armour-piercing shells – to find its way into plants, animals or the water supply.
The fungal-produced minerals are capable of long-term uranium retention, the scientists say.

[From BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Fungi to fight 'toxic war zones']


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