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7-22] Is there really a fungus that eats CDs?




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

7-22] Is there really a fungus that eats CDs?

(2005/10/12)

Yes. It appears to be limited to tropical climates. Two articles from
mid-2001 (no longer on original sites, so archive.org links are provided):

- http://web.archive.org/web/20041101034932/www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_328113.html
- http://web.archive.org/web/20040608203933/http://www.nature.com/nsu/010628/010628-11.html

The incident in question was discovered by a researcher from Spain who
visited Belize in Central America. What is believed to be a strain of
Geotrichum entered a CD from the outer edge and destroyed the aluminum
reflective layer as well as some of the polycarbonate.

A person in Australia reported a few years earlier that store-bought pressed
CDs were getting eaten, but gold CD-Rs were doing rather well.


 

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