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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Resource recovery in nature

In a previous blog, I wrote how human damage the resources, while nature has learned to prolong the life cycle of the materials and many different organisms benefit of using a material.

In a documentary by BBC, the food was stored in a controlled room for two months and the biodegradation was followed. It is an interesting documentary on how the nature take recover its resources by an amazing synergy between different organisms. The food is first degraded by bacteria such as Pseudomonas sp., followed by fungi such as Aspergillus and Penicillum. Flies and their larvae take over and finally beetles such as Dermestes species appear. In this way many different orgamisms live in a great synergy.

We as human should learn from nature on how to live together and also other organisms (bacteria, fungi, plants, animals,...) in a sustainable way.

(BBC Documentary:  After life: The Science of Decay)


  1. I just finished watching it! It was really really wonderful and amazing!
    Thanks for the suggestion!

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