The fungal organism could be used in the futur to protect humans and equipment in radioative space environment.

First found in the Chernobyl area in the 90’s, the funghi called Cryptococcus neoforman , has the ability by using it’s melanin pigment to absorbs radiation and turns it into chemical energy . During the last 15 years, about 2000 strains of 200 species of 98 genera of fungi have been isolated from around the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station and nowaday NASA scientists are looking into the possibility of extracting the peculiar melanin from that yeast and turn it into protective material for both humans and equipment exposed to cosmic rays .