Do fungi feast on radiation?

Fascinating. A major discovery, if confirmed.

A type of fungus can devour radiation and convert it to fuel, researchers say. […]

Dark-coloured fungi use the same compound as people do, melanin, the pigment that makes both skin and truffles dark.

“Just as the pigment chlorophyll converts sunlight into chemical energy that allows green plants to live and grow, our research suggests that melanin can use a different portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, ionising radiation,” says Dr Ekaterina Dadachova of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

From News in Science. Story in Scientific American here. The paper is here.

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