March 2019 Vol. 27, No. 1

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Could a fungus heal concrete?

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A team at Binghamton University–State University of New York is looking at adding a fungus to concrete to enable self-healing. When the fungus is mixed into concrete, it lies dormant until the first crack appears, says assistant professor of mechanical engineering Congrui Jin (ScienceDaily, Jan. 17, 2018). When oxygen and water seep in, the fungus would produce spores to fill any microcracks. While the research is still its early stages, Jin believes further investigation in microorganisms such as fungi and yeasts for self-healing concrete is of potential importance. (Vice News, March 12, 2018)

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