Uranium-eating fungi could clean up battlefields

FUNGI found in people’s back gardens could help clean up the depleted uranium dust left on battlefields in Iraq and the Balkans. At present, the only way to decontaminate sites is to collect and dispose of munitions fragments by hand, which fails to deal with uranium dust. Depleted uranium has twice the density of lead and is added to bullets and shells to give them extra momentum to penetrate and destroy targets. These weapons spread the uranium across the battlefield, where it can persist in the environment for decades. Residual uranium-235 in the material can damage kidneys,
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