Today’s Solutions: May 22, 2024

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Flora, fauna, and funga! UN advocates for new turn of phrase in conservation discourse

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) argued for the inclusion of fungi in conservation debates alongside flora and fauna so that fungi are “recognized and protected on an equal footing with animals and plants in legal conservation frameworks”. This shift in perspective Read More...

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Scientists use fungus to develop a sustainable alternative to egg whites

Because it contains a lot of protein, egg white powder is among the most common ingredients used in the food industry. Rearing the chickens necessary for sourcing those egg whites, however, has a significant environmental footprint. As demand for egg white powder is only expected to grow in the Read More...

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Scientists use 3D printer to create fungus-based soundproofing material

When it comes to producing acoustic insulation, the materials typically used are synthetic or mineral-based materials. While these materials are effective, they are not easily recyclable and the production process is usually quite energy-intensive. In search of a greener alternative, Read More...

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Eco-friendly fungus leather looks and feels like the real thing

From processing plastic waste to sequestering carbon to protecting astronauts from cosmic radiation, fungi have the incredible potential to benefit a wide range of industries. According to a recent study, this impressive living organism also holds the potential to help scientists develop a more Read More...

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Adidas and Stella McCartney to sell products made of fungus leather by 2021

Recently, we covered a study that documented the incredible potential of fungi to replace animal-derived leather with a more eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative. Now giant retailers are joining forces to bring this bio-material to scale by investing significant amounts of money in a Read More...

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Fungus found in Chernobyl could protect astronauts from cosmic radiation

One of the biggest challenges facing crewed missions to Mars is figuring out how to protect crewmembers from the onslaught of deadly cosmic rays. Now, scientists at a number of universities say there’s growing evidence that an unusual solution could be effective: building shields out of a Read More...