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Panda poop propels Japanese university to Ig Nobel Prize

Researchers at Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Sagamihara, Kangawa Prefecture were last night awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in biology for displaying that bacterial extracts from panda poop can play a role in composting.

In a series of published papers, the university’s Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu, and Zhang Guanglei demonstrated that kitchen refuse can be reduced by more than 90% in mass if aided by bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas.
 
 

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