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Web Date: May 14, 2012

Microbe Transports Contaminants Through Its Fibers

Bioremediation: The organism’s filamentous networks could help spread hydrocarbons through soil, possibly speeding bacterial destruction of pollutants
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: fungus, mycelia, hyphae, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenanthrene, bioremediation

Bacteria can break down hydrocarbons in the soil, but how quickly the compounds degrade depends on how rapidly they reach the bacteria. Fibrous networks of fungi and related organisms might be able to help, researchers have discovered. Threads in these networks, which transport nutrients through the organisms’ bodies, also transport oily contaminants (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es300810b). The networks . . .

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