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Microorganisms in the Deterioration and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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  • Covers microorganisms involved in both the biodegradation and preservation of cultural artefacts
  • Elaborates on control methods for the preservation of cultural heritage
  • Focuses on bio-cleaning, protection and bio-based conservation methods
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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Green Methods Again Biodeterioration

  2. Biocleaning and Bio-Based Conservation Methods


About this book

This open access book offers a comprehensive overview of the role and potential of microorganisms in the degradation and preservation of cultural materials (e.g. stone, metals, graphic documents, textiles, paintings, glass, etc.).

Microorganisms are a major cause of deterioration in cultural artefacts, both in the case of outdoor monuments and archaeological finds. This book covers the microorganisms involved in biodeterioration and control methods used to reduce their impact on cultural artefacts. Additionally, the reader will learn more about how microorganisms can be used for the preservation and protection of cultural artefacts through bio-based and eco-friendly materials. New avenues for developing methods and materials for the conservation of cultural artefacts are discussed, together with concrete advances in terms of sustainability, effectiveness and toxicity, making the book essential reading for anyone interested in microbiology and the preservation of cultural heritage. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Chemistry, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Edith Joseph

About the editor

Edith Joseph is an Assistant Professor at the University of Neuchâtel and Associate professor HES at the Haute Ecole ARC Conservation-restauration (Neuchâtel, CH). In 2009, she obtained a PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Bologna (Italy). Her main research activities are the application of green chemistry for the preservation of artistic and archaeological objects. The advanced characterization of heterogeneous matrices and the interaction between organic substances and inorganic compounds, in particular microorganism-metals, are some of her research interests. She is author of about 50 papers published in international journals and books, related to analytical chemistry and conservation science. 

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