Haven’t blogged about anything for a while – burnout, I guess, getting bored with the subject. But today I read an article that woke me up: Fungi Can Solve Japan’s Radiation Woes | Japan – It’s a Wonderful Rife. Pop over to Andrew’s blog to read the whole thing. It brightened my day. I sincerely hope this doesn’t turn out to disappoint, like the sunflowers did.

what if a … type of mushroom could remove the clouds of radiation from Japan following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear power reactor to nearly go into meltdown, but still spewed radiation Cesium-137 into the air for days upon days?

Well… say hello to my little friend! He’s a fungi!

There are quite a few species of fungi that absorb radiation and have been used with a lot of success in the former USSR following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The relatively new science of using fungi to clean up radioactive or other types of waste is known as mycoremediation, and promises to be far less expensive than other competing methods.

It all begins at Chernobyl, when in 2007 – 21 years after the disaster caused the reactors to be cemented over – Russian scientists sent a robot in,and found life, beautiful, horrible life!!!

There… inside the most radioactive areas of the breachjed nuclear core was a common black mold growing on the reactor walls. And it wasn’t just growing, it was thriving, in what has to have been the most radioactive hostile environment on the planet that would kill you and me within minutes of exposure.

via Japan – It’s A Wonderful Rife: Fungi Can Solve Japan’s Radiation Woes.