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Black Fungus Found in Chernobyl Eats Harmful Radiation

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The research began with the discovery of black fungus growing on the walls of the damaged, highly radioactive Chernobyl nuclear reactor and collected by robots. The fungus was rich with melanin, the same pigment that gives human skin its color, pr

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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I found this article very interesting. However, the authors fail to appreciate that fungus is essentially inedible by humans. Oh sure, you can eat fungus. Many mushrooms are exquisite in their flavor. But with the exception of providing a few B vitamins, the mass of fungus is indigestible. Perfect for dieting bulk and flavoring, but not something to sustain you. I suppose future astronauts could harvest fungi to feed animals that can digest fungi and subsequently harvest the animals.