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Arctic Enzymes
Substituting chemicals with enzymes found in fungi.
Director: Anson Hartford
Producer: Hugh Hartford
Completion
March 2013

Chemicals used in industry to manufacture a variety of goods, from clothes to food and pharmaceuticals, can pollute the environment. 

But a team of scientists think the secret to reducing the environmental impact of industry and decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels might just be found in fungi. 

Fungi contain a diverse source of enzymes, biological catalysts that kick-start chemical reactions in the cells of all living organisms. Scientists believe these enzymes can increasingly be used as a substitute for harsh chemicals often used in industry.

Russell Beard heads to the Arctic and joins scientists collecting fungi capable of tolerating very low temperatures in the hope that these could change manufacturing processes across the world.

About 'earthrise'

'earthrise' is an award-winning series exploring solutions to the environmental challenges we face today.

 

The programme takes an upbeat look at ecological, scientific, technological and design projects all around the world, from a group of Dutch architects who design stunning buildings made from waste materials, to an ingenious project that has dramatically cut rhino poaching on a South African game reserve.

 

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