Rachel Flores documents the efforts of professor Congrui Jin to create concrete that can regrow itself, and our crumbling infrastructure.
Does the fungus want to aid us in scouring the Earth with concrete? Is this a necessary advance for humanity? Is this a necessary advance for the Earth? What do you think?
Self-healing concrete might be in the future of capitalism. This concrete would contain Trichoderma reesei, which is being experimented on and grown to lie dormant in wet and dried concrete (with additional nutrients added in) When the concrete begins to crack, the fungi is exposed to oxygen and water. With enough O2 and H2O, the spores of this fungus germinate and precipitate calcium carbonate which can restore the cracks in our crumbling infrastructure.