Of Microbes and Art

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

  • Orio Ciferri
  • Piero Tiano
  • Giorgio Mastromei

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ecology of microbial communities developing on art works

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Clara Urzì, Filomena De Leo, Sybren De Hoog, Katja Sterflinger
      Pages 3-19
    3. Daniele Daffonchio, Sara Borin, Elisabetta Zanardini, Pamela Abbruscato, Marco Realini, Clara Urzì et al.
      Pages 21-38
    4. Sabine Rölleke, Claudia Gurtner, Guadalupe Pinar, Werner Lubitz
      Pages 39-47
    5. Eric May, Sophia Papida, Hesham Abdulla, Sally Tayler, Ahmed Dewedar
      Pages 49-62
    6. Luisa Tomaselli, Piero Tiano, Gioia Lamenti
      Pages 63-76
    7. Leonilla Laiz, Delfina Recio, Bernardo Hermosin, Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez
      Pages 77-88
  3. Biosusceptibility of organic and inorganic constituents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Thomas Dornieden, Anna A. Gorbushina, Wolfgang E. Krumbein
      Pages 105-119
    3. AnnaMaria Seves, Maria Romanò, Tullia Maifreni, Alberto Seves, Giovanna Scicolone, Silvio Sora et al.
      Pages 121-133
    4. Mary-Lou Esther Florian
      Pages 135-151
    5. Robert J. Koestler
      Pages 153-167
    6. Piero Tiano, Lucia Biagiotti, Susanna Bracci
      Pages 169-181
  4. Control and utilization of microorganisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Sabine Castanier, Gaële Le Métayer-Levrel, Geneviève Orial, Jean-François Loubière, Jean-Pierre Perthuisot
      Pages 203-218
    3. Brunella Perito, Lucia Biagiotti, Simona Daly, Alessandro Galizzi, Piero Tiano, Giorgio Mastromei
      Pages 219-230
    4. Giancarlo Ranalli, Mauro Matteini, Isetta Tosini, Elisabetta Zanardini, Claudia Sorlini
      Pages 231-245
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-250

About this book


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.


Cultural Heritage artifacts biocoenosis crystal microbe microorganism photosynthesis physiology polymer

Editors and affiliations

  • Orio Ciferri
    • 1
  • Piero Tiano
    • 2
  • Giorgio Mastromei
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2.C.N.R.—C.S. “Opere d’Arte”FlorenceItaly
  3. 3.University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6904-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4239-1
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