Whenever an earthquake, mudslide or other disaster hits an area, a lot of the concrete structures have to be torn down, thanks to the resulting cracks that render the buildings unstable. Not only is this expensive, but also, harmful to the environment, because concrete production is responsible for about 5% of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Now, there may be an alternative.

The BacillaFilla is the genius idea from a group of students from UK’s New Castle University, who developed it for the MIT sponsored, International Genetically Engineered Machines contest (IGEN).


To create the glue-forming bacteria, they started with a commonly found soil bacteria called Bacillus subtilis. They then genetically engineered them, so that they only began to germinate if they came in contact with the distinct ph (alkaline/acidic measure) of concrete.

After multiplying, this smartened up bacteria, start to swarm inside the cracks of the concrete until they reach the bottom at which point they start clumping. And, it gets even better.


The act of clumping activates the cells to re-organize themselves into three different types, each with a specific purpose. One group produces calcium carbonate – the material needed for the repair. Another, starts to develop into bacteria filaments and becomes the reinforcing fiber, while the third, starts to produce the binding agent, called Levans glue. The calcium carbonate and bacterial glue combine with the filaments and the resulting mix hardens to the same strength as the concrete around it, holding the structure together and alleviating the need to re-build.

And, just like a James Bond movie, to prevent rogue bacteria from spreading, the bacteria are programmed to self-destruct if, they fail to germinate.


While it is not known when the amazing bacteria will be available for commercial use, the team did go home with the gold in the competition where they were pitted against 130 equally impressive projects. We therefore have a feeling that you will soon start to see signs saying ‘Repaired by BacillaFilla’, proudly displayed on concrete buildings all around the world.

If you scroll down on this thread you can see the Bacillus Subtillus “moving fibers”. Not saying this is Morgellons disease, just pointing out that there can be non-spectacular explanations for our diseases.

Also, on the PH of concreate

Emory explains that concrete, due to aging and other factors, loses its pH, or acidity value. Poured concrete has a high pH value of 11, 12, or 13. That high value can inhibit corrosion. The aging of the concrete is a natural process in which the pH starts to drop. When the pH value dips into the 8 to 9 range, there is potential for corrosion of the reinforcing bars, he points out.


Comments on: "BacillaFilla – Filling in the Cracks" (5)

  1. Fascinating… I had no idea that concrete was that alkaline… very caustic!

    Amazing how this GMO technology so closely resembles what is happening in epic proportions in our society with nanobacteria driving atherosclerotic plaque buildup in our arteries, biofilm development and other types of systemic calcification.

    Thanks again Mr. C for challenging us with provocative and cutting edge information.

    Hope your Thanksgiving Holidays were peace and joy filled. Blessings to you all during this Christmas season.

  2. Hey Gang,
    Just checking in….I saw this post and was looking at
    what people say is smart dust….is PCBs they are in all kinds of building materials.

    Hope your Holidays, were a Holiday.
    I miss you all,

    Man oh Man should you see the mess up in this spill.
    I have met so many good people in this group and with the locals in the spill. Don’t forget to keep us in your prayers.
    Much Love,

  3. You have to love this stuff. Programmed to self destruct if it doesn’t germinate… once it hits the “bottom” and clumps. So this whole process assumes that these “commonly found soil bacteria called Bacillus subtilis” (which now aren’t so common anymore once they’ve been engineered) will not mutate on their own once released from a highly controlled laboratory environment – say after coming in contact with “common” industrial mutagens found in various pollutants (eg Corexit for one).

    But what the heck – what’s the worst thing that can happen? Its mutant off-spring re-adapts to the soil, multiplies wildly in its native environment and turns the whole planet into one giant ball of clumped, glued substance as strong as concrete and no more crops can be planted? No problem! We can always eat gulf shrimp. 🙂

  4. Yep, that’s it.
    Must be the collembola, springtime stuff. No doubt.

  5. Woops, did I say springtime (how freudian) I mean springtail.

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