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Fighting climate change, one laundry load at a time

Danish company studying enzymes in mushrooms that can make detergents more effective, use less water, work at lower temperatures

Above: Mikako Sasa and Sara Landvik in the Hareskoven forest in Denmark.

Scientists at Novozymes regularly trudge through mud, hunting for enzymes in mushrooms (above) that speed up chemical reactions or natural processes.

Their finds are tested in washing machines (above) to create environmentally friendly detergents that work better, in less water and at lower temperatures.


A DANISH biotechnology company is trying to fight climate change - one laundry load at a time. Its secret weapon: mushrooms like those in a dormant forest outside Copenhagen.

In the quest for a more environmentally friendly detergent, two scientists at the company,...

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