The walls of the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear reactor are covered with black fungus. It turns out that this mushroom absorbs harmful radiation and transforms it into … energy.
Scientists came across the first raid of mushrooms in 1991. They decided to investigate how mushrooms survived in such extreme conditions. The results surprised the experts. Mushrooms rich in melanin began to absorb radiation and transform them into other forms of energy.
They were compared to the biological response to solar panels. Today experts say they could be turned into medicine. This would allow, for example, cancer patients not to be afraid of radiation therapy. Thanks to the production of energy forms, mushrooms could also be used to power, among others electrical appliances.