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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

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

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

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

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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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