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Amazonian mushroom eats plastic (Pestalotiopsis microspora)

Amazonian mushroom eats plastic (Pestalotiopsis microspora)


Since the first plastic polymer polyurethane was discovered back in 1937 by I.G. Farben [3], polyurethane, a synthetic polymer derived from the condensation of polyisocyanate and polyol widely used as a base material in various industries [2], became more and more a concern for the amounts of this type of plastic produced by the industry and the pollution generated by its disposal. Image: Morguefile.


Zingiber spectabile (Beehive ginger)


Zingiber spectabile, also known as the golden beehive, is a plant that makes honor to its name "spectabile" which means admirable, splendid, marvelous. It is also one of the most beautiful plants you may ever find in nature, especially if you live near to South-east Asia, where it's commonly found. 

The plant exhibits its yellow and white leaves, and its oblong flower, forming a kind of beehive shaped flower, from where it gets its common name Beehive ginger.

The major compound found in Zingiber spectabile, Zerumbone, was found to be the most active in cell growth inhibitory assay against Colon carcinoma SW480 cells [1]. Image: See credits below [2].


Family: Zingiberaceae

Common name: Beehive ginger, Ginger wort, Malaysian ginger.


Codariocalyx motorius, the Telegraph plant



Described by Charles Darwin's book The Power of Movement in Plants back in 1880, Codariocalyx motorius, also known as Desmodium gyrans, the telegraph plant, Semaphore plant or dancing grass is one of this natural wonders that will remain part of science books and documentaries as nature's mystery.

We already saw in other articles about plants how some of them, namely Mimosa pudica and Venus flytrap, were able to rapidly react to physical contact, either moving their leaves or closing them to trap insects that will, later on, serve them as a source of nutrients.

This time, we will talk about another plant that has similar but different capabilities, the Telegraph plant, a plant that moves and reacts to external stimuli, as light, sounds and even radio frequency variations, without the need to be touched. Image: Codariocalyx motorius by Alex Lomas under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).


Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Codariocalyx

Common name: Telegraph plant, semaphore plant, Tamil: ெதா