Trichoderma Reesei: Concrete’s Guardian Angel
Researchers at Binghamton University, the State University of New York and Rutgers University have all collaborated to create a new innovative self-healing fungi concrete. The unique form of concrete would be able to effectively seal any cracks within the concrete structure, as a result of the properties that concrete takes on when mixed with the fungus Trichoderma Reesei. The fungus will lie dormant until the first crack appears, and as water and oxygen infiltrate, the fungal spores being to germinate, grow and eventually produce calcium carbonate which is the compound responsible for the healing properties existent in the concrete. The product is still in its early stages of development, and the current pressing issue that the developers are struggling to find a solution to is: finding a way to make the innovative concrete sustainable in the harsh environmental conditions of living in concrete. Going forward, it is a question of whether or not the team of developers will be able to ensure the sustainability of Trichoderma Reesei within concrete before the innovation can be effectively be brought to market.