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Of Microbes and Art : The Role of Microbial Communities in the Degradation and Protection of Cultural Heritage - Orio Ciferri

Of Microbes and Art

The Role of Microbial Communities in the Degradation and Protection of Cultural Heritage

By: Orio Ciferri (Editor), Piero Tiano (Editor), Giorgio Mastromei (Editor)


Published: 30th June 2000
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Microbial defacement and degradation of artistic or historic artifacts is a worldwide problem affecting all countries regardless of their history, geographical location, or economic conditions. This is the first comprehensive study of the role of microbial colonization on the degradation of different cultural artifacts (from buildings to books, wall paintings, textiles, sculptures and glass) and of the investigations into the compounds utilized to control microbial invasion. The book focuses on three main areas: the identification of the microorganisms which cause structural damage; methods to reduce or prevent microbial colonization and damage; and the use of microorganisms for the protection and bioremediation of cultural artifacts.

`...these words of caution, this book is an extremely useful guide and should greatly assist in the further training of conservators.' Antiquity, 75 (2001)

Recent advances in the molecular biology and ecophysiology of meristematic stone-inhabiting fungip. 3
Molecular tools applied to the study of deteriorated artworksp. 21
Molecular approaches for the assessment of microbial deterioration of objects of artp. 39
Comparative studies of microbial communities on stone monuments in temperate and semi-arid climatesp. 49
Occurrence and fluctuation in photosynthetic biocoenoses dwelling on stone monumentsp. 63
Microbial communities in salt efflorescencesp. 77
Characterisation of endolithic communities of stone monuments and natural outcropsp. 89
Patinap. 105
A laboratory investigation of the microbial degradation of cultural heritagep. 121
Fungal fox spots and othersp. 135
Polymers and resins as food for microbesp. 153
Biodegradability of products used in monuments' conservationp. 169
Integrated concepts for the protection of cultural artifacts against biodeteriorationp. 185
Bacterial carbonatogenesis and applications to preservation and restoration of historic propertyp. 203
Bacterial genes involved in calcite crystal precipitationp. 219
Bioremediation of cultural heritage: removal of sulphates, nitrates and organic substancesp. 231
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780306463778
ISBN-10: 0306463776
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 30th June 2000
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.64