Montana Public Radio


From bridges to skyscrapers, concrete is ubiquitous in modern, human-built environments. It’s durable and cheap but also a big contributor to climate change, and some of the materials used to make it are getting scarcer. Researchers at Montana State University are trying to develop a sustainable alternative with microorganisms.

At MSU’s Center for Biofilm Engineering, Assistant Research Professor Erika Espinosa-Ortiz walks over to an incubator filled with glass chemistry flasks.


I consider myself to be a fairly normal human. Ten fingers, ten toes, two ears. Made up of thousands of different cells. Oh, and of all the cells in and on my body, the human cells are outnumbered tenfold by bacterial cells.

Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms

Sep 27, 2013

September 29th, 2013: Jon and Greg discuss a New York Times piece by Mark Bittman on the practice of giving prophylactic doses of antibiotics to livestock, and how it accelerates the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.