Biodeterioration of Stone Surfaces

Lichens and Biofilms as Weathering Agents of Rocks and Cultural Heritage

  • Larry L. St.Clair
  • Mark R. D. Seaward

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Larry L. St. Clair, Mark R. D. Seaward
    Pages 1-8
  3. William S. Ginell, Rakesh Kumar
    Pages 19-44
  4. Giacomo Chiari, Roberto Cossio
    Pages 99-113
  5. Kathryn B. Knight, Larry L. St. Clair, John S. Gardner
    Pages 129-163
  6. S. Saxena, D. K. Upreti, Ajay Singh, K. P. Singh
    Pages 181-193
  7. Howell G. M. Edwards, Susana E. Jorge Villar, Mark R. D. Seaward, Larry L. St. Clair
    Pages 229-240
  8. Rosanna Piervittori, Ornella Salvadori, Mark R. D. Seaward
    Pages 241-282
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 283-292

About this book


This is a timely volume in view of the considerable interest currently shown in the preservation of our cultural heritage, and the extensive and growing literature on the subject. Unfortunately, the latter is to be found in a wide variety of published sources, some aimed at a very specific readership and therefore not all that accessible to those who need this resource. The present volume draws together a spectrum of biodeterioration work from across the world to provide an overview of the materials examined and the methodologies employed to elucidate the nature of the problems, as well as an extensive and current bibliographical resource on lichen biodeterioration. Biodeterioration of historical and culturally important stone substrata is a complex problem to be addressed. Easy, risk-free solutions are simply not available to be dealt with by other than a wide range of expertise. Successful resolution of this issue will inevitably require a multidisciplinary effort, where biologists work in close cooperation with ecologists, geologists, geochemists, crystallographers, cultural property conservators, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians in order to recommend the most effective management scheme. The advantage of this approach is obvious: multidisciplinary management teams with good leadership can ask more appropriate questions while developing much more thoughtful and informed decisions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Larry L. St.Clair
    • 1
  • Mark R. D. Seaward
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Integrative BiologyBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ScienceUniversity of BradfordBradfordUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6724-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2845-8
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