Ekaterina Dadachova (left) with USask undergraduate student Connor Frank and lab manager Mackenzie Malo. (Photo: University of Saskatchewan)

USask researchers training fungi to sense radiation and potentially help clean up nuclear waste

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to “train” microscopic black fungi in the lab to find radiation sources—a discovery with potential applications such as cleaning up radioactive waste from nuclear accidents and detecting radioactive fallout from illicit nuclear testing.

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