Study Finds Fungi is Responsible for Majority of Carbon Sequestration in Northern Forests

March 29, 2013 by  
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Northern boreal forests are easily recognized for their majestic trees and have been credited with helping to sequester much of the world’s carbon dioxide . It was originally thought that vegetative matter was what was sinking the greenhouse gas. Now, a diverse team of scientists from Sweden have discovered that these great, soaring plants are getting a lot of help from some humble decomposers living in the soil. Their findings, published in the journal Science, revealed that fungi were responsible for up to an incredible 70 percent of soil carbon in certain samples. Read the rest of Study Finds Fungi is Responsible for Majority of Carbon Sequestration in Northern Forests Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boreal forest , carbon dioxide , Climate Change , decomposition , fungus , global warming , mushroom , mycorrhiza , science , soil , Sweden

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Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

March 18, 2013 by  
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Danish product designer Kristina Kjaer needed a small lamp that could be hung above her wardrobe to light up her space. Kjaer  took to building her own lamp using natural, biodegradable materials, giving her design a shape reminiscent of the  delightful  fungi found in her town’s local woodlands. Read the rest of Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , biodegradable materials , Danish design , Felt , green lighting , Kristina Kjaer , lamp , low-energy , recycling / compost

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Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

January 10, 2013 by  
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Image via Wikimedia Commons/ Jensbn Fungus might ruin your bread but its invasive nature could also lead to a new source of renewable energy. Scientists at Montana State University made a surprising discovery while conducting a recent study that tracks the unique products of endophytes — fungi or bacteria — that can live inside a plant for at least part of its life without causing disease. It’s believed that endophytes produce bioactive products that are potentially beneficial for medicine, industry and energy uses, replacing less attractive biofuels like ethanol. Read the rest of Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alternative Fuel , biofuels , ETHANOL , fungi , fungus , hydrocarbons , mold , Montana State University , plants , VOCs , volatile organic compounds

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Corey Corcoran Has Fun With Fungi In His Beautiful Mushroom Etchings

December 27, 2012 by  
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BRC Designs’ Colorful Capped Out Chair is Made From Hundreds of Recycled Bottle Caps

December 27, 2012 by  
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Fungus Can Make a Cheap Violin Sing Like a Stradivarius

September 11, 2012 by  
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photo via Shutterstock Normally, finding mold on your instrument would make any violinist panic. Fungus needs heat and moisture to grow, both of which are deadly to the delicate woods used to make stringed instruments. But according to new research from Switzerland, fungus could be the secret to making a ho-hum violin indistinguishable from a Stradivarius – one of the most highly prized violins in the world. Read the rest of Fungus Can Make a Cheap Violin Sing Like a Stradivarius Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fungi , fungus , mold , musical instruments , stradiavarius , violin making , Wood

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Passively-Cooled Dojo Provides Space for Quiet Meditation Outside of Santiago, Chile

September 11, 2012 by  
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Scientists Use Fungus Found in Blue Cheese to Make Self-Cleaning Plastic

March 5, 2012 by  
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Dish soap and sponges could be endangered species if a group of Swiss scientists have their way. Scientists have figured out a way to develop a self-cleaning plastic that, with the help of some special fungus, can eat spilled food. The scientists have described the plastic as “ the first eating material ,” and it’s one that could have seemingly limitless consumer applications. Keep reading to see how the magic plastic works. Read the rest of Scientists Use Fungus Found in Blue Cheese to Make Self-Cleaning Plastic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria , bleu cheese , blue cheese , fungus , plastic , science , Self-cleaning plastic , Switzerland , Technology

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DIY: Turn a Broken Down Cabinet Into Beautiful Credenza Using Scrap Wood

March 5, 2012 by  
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Recently, a beautiful pair of credenzas came into the life of artist Wholman . Battered, beaten, but with noble bones, the pieces were salvageable and the artist went to work repairing them. However, it was their the outdated colors, broken doors, and damaged tops that made them eyesores, so with a little scrap wood and a little love, the artist remodeled them with salvaged old-growth pine tops and doors made from shop offcuts. Now the low-slung office beauties can enjoy another few decades of use. Wholman also detailed the entire process at his Instructables site for others to get inspired and build a pair of their own! + Wholman at Instructables The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , credenzas , diy cabinets , DIY furniture , diy projects , eco furniture , green interiors , recycled furniture , wholman

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Common but Lethal Soil Fungus Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics

January 31, 2010 by  
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Aspergillus fumigatus – a common but sometimes lethal soil fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is a fungus found commonly in ordinary garden soil. When the spores of the fungus are inhaled, It can also cause disease–sometimes fatally in those with already compromised immune systems and respiratory disease such as COPD.

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