Gallery: Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

Concentrations (in ppm) of heavy metals from green roof substrates and park soils. Asterisks above the bars denote significant differences at p<0.05.

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If you thought the collection of fungi housed in your own fridge was impressive, wait ’til you hear what was found on NYC’s green roofs. Researchers from Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham and the University of Colorado recently conducted tests on planted roofs in all five boroughs and discovered that they harbor thriving colonies of various types of fungi. While creepy crawlies like these tend to have a bad rep, these newly discovered “fungal communities” could actually be beneficial in their ability to remove pollutants from the air and assist with stormwater runoff.

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