Specific fungus appeared in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. He was sent to the ISS for research.

Scientists have proposed to protect from radiation fungus from Chernobyl. It is reported by CNet.

Experts from the universities of Stanford and North Carolina have researched a new kind of fungus that appeared in Chernobyl.

It turned out that the fungus Cladosporium sphaerospermum species are able to absorb radiation. These data were confirmed experimentally.

To do this, samples of the fungus were sent to the international space station for 30 days. It turned out that he carries radiosintez for the purpose of breeding. The process involved in melanin, which converts gamma radiation into chemical energy.

Fungi survived in microgravity and reduced the radiation levels by 1.82%. The researchers used fungal layer thickness of 1.7 mm.

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According to calculations, the layer thickness of 21 cm will drastically decrease the annual dose of radiation that the astronauts can get to Mars. And if you combine the fungus with melanin and regolith, sufficient will be only 9 cm.

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