Microbial Fungus Consume “Forever Chemicals”

Aug. 16, 2022
Bioremediation technique disposes of PFAS cheaply and sustainably.

So-called “forever chemicals” may have met their match in the form of microbial fungi that can consume the toxic substances. The fungi are part of a bioremediation technique developed by researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water, according to an article from Nature World News.

Currently, PFAS can only be destroyed by a costly, multi-step procedure called burning after clean-up products like active carbon are employed, according to the article. With their new sustainable and cost-effective treatment method, researchers reportedly use a plant-derived material to absorb the PFAS, which are then consumed by the microbial fungus.

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