FireWire shows how the mushroom K-1 Irpex lacteus (Fr.) Fr is growing on a computer mouse sculpted out of leaves and agar agar. During the time the work was developed the collaborating Department of Plant Physiology at Donetsk National University focused their research on the cellulolytic activity of this mushroom. The aim of the research is to let its enzymes metabolize organic waste materials and transform them into another form of organic compounds, which may be used as a future sustainable energy resource. The combination of organic enzymes taken from living organisms and their biochemic reactions with life’s remainings (such as leaves, cotton, wood) might still be an uncommon alternative to the burning of petrochemicals. Yet it is just another example of the energetic potential intrinsic to transformation processes.
Dr. Dreval Kostiantyn Grygorovych Department of Plant Physiology at Donetsk National University
Andreas Greiner, Donetsk 2010
Foto : Lidia Ryabchuk