Radiotrophic (radiation-eating) Fungi
AKA – “chrome’ for the Morrow Project. Nuclear craters are covered in an unpleasant black slime.
Real life brings us an exciting new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. It sounds like some cheap, B-grade SF movie, but is apparently true
A robot sent into the reactor discovered a thick coat of black slime growing on the walls. Scientists didn’t expect to find anything living, let alone thriving in an environment with such high levels of radiation. The robot obtained samples of the slime and upon examination….
This slime – a collection of several different fungi & bacteria – was more than just surviving in a radioactive environment, it was actually using gamma radiation as an energy source. The fungi appear to use melanin, (a chemical also found in human skin) in the same fashion that plants use chlorophyll.
Perhaps the Blue Undead aren’t as implausible as I always thought they were…..