Studies are led by experts from the scientific division of the US Air Force, Blue Horizons, together with their colleagues from North Carolina based BioMASON. BioMASON is responsible for inventing a method of transforming sand and soil into a surface suitable for plane takeoff and landing. To achieve this, they started by filling brick forms with a mix of sand and bacteria.
A special nutrient-rich mixture was then added to the substance, improving microorganism growth. As a result, calcium carbonate is obtained, transforming the sand into a durable material.
In the course of these experiments, scientists have already managed to ‘grow’ a durable surface of 232 square meters. This new technology has good potential for future use in construction, because it would allow the use of fewer workers than previously required.