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RICHMOND, England (CBS) — Scientists in Britain say fungi could be the key to winning the war on plastic. The first-ever State Of The World’s Fungi report details a comprehensive insight into how plastic can be used in the world.

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Researchers say if the natural properties of fungus can be harnessed and developed, plastic could be broken down naturally in weeks rather than years.

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More than 100 researchers from 18 countries compiled the world study that shows how organisms decompose plastic, clean up radioactive waste and even accelerate production of biodiesel.

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Those researchers discovered that fungi are one of the “most radiation-resistant organisms on Earth” and are studying its ability to survive highly dangerous unstable environments.

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Fungi have provided food and medicine for centuries, but researchers say the curious organisms may now also help solve the plastic problem.