+Karl Sturdivant II
, that's pretty irrelevant. Listen, "Nature" isn't a magical panacea that will solve all the world's ills and just because something is synthetic, doesn't mean that it is bad for the world.
It's great that we found something that can break down plastics. Now, let's examine the side effects. What gasses are produced by the fungus during the breakdown process? Can we use the resultant materials? Can we remove the fungus if need be? Is there a way we can extract the process by which the fungus breaks down the plastics in order to separate the living/spreading creature from the useful process? Is the fungus hazardous to human or animal health? Is the fungus invasive, such as we found out Kudzo was after we imported it to solve soil erosion problems? What plants does this fungus attack? Are bees/other insects affected by this fungus?
Please, all of you going on about the beauty of nature, halt your enthusiasm with some thoughtful questioning and realize that nature produces things like this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvinia_molesta