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By Laura Briscoe

Sep 25 2019

Many fungi are decomposers by nature, and that ability is being harnessed to decompose harmful substances from the environment. From dangerous chemicals to heavy metals, these fungi can either break down the compounds or absorb them into their tissue, removing them and leaving the environment a better place.

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Studies cited:

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Kapahi, M. & S. Sachdeva. 2017. Mycoremediation potential of Pleurotus species for heavy metals: a review. Bioresources and Bioprocessing 4(1): 32. doi: 10.1186/s40643-017-0162-8 Accessed September 19, 2019.

Lalitha, P. et al. 2011. Decolorization of Synthetic Dyes by Aspergillus flavus. Bioremediation Journal 15(2): 121-132. doi: 10.1080/10889868.2011.574651 Accessed September 19, 2019.

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