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Microorganisms in the Deterioration and Preservation of Cultural Heritage


  • 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

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Occurrence of Microorganisms in Heritage Materials

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Molecular-Based Techniques for the Study of Microbial Communities in Artworks

      • Katja Sterflinger, Guadalupe Piñar
      Pages 59-77Open Access
  3. Green Methods Again Biodeterioration

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 115-115
    2. Novel Antibiofilm Non-Biocidal Strategies

      • Francesca Cappitelli, Federica Villa
      Pages 117-136Open Access
    3. New Perspectives Against Biodeterioration Through Public Lighting

      • Patricia Sanmartín
      Pages 155-171Open Access
  4. Biocleaning and Bio-Based Conservation Methods

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 173-173
    2. Bioremoval of Graffiti in the Context of Current Biocleaning Research

      • Pilar Bosch-Roig, Patricia Sanmartín
      Pages 175-197Open Access
    3. Advanced Biocleaning System for Historical Wall Paintings

      • Giancarlo Ranalli, Elisabetta Zanardini
      Pages 217-233Open Access
    4. Sustainable Restoration Through Biotechnological Processes: A Proof of Concept

      • Anna Rosa Sprocati, Chiara Alisi, Giada Migliore, Paola Marconi, Flavia Tasso
      Pages 235-261Open Access
    5. The Role of Microorganisms in the Removal of Nitrates and Sulfates on Artistic Stoneworks

      • Giancarlo Ranalli, Elisabetta Zanardini
      Pages 263-279Open Access
    6. Protection and Consolidation of Stone Heritage by Bacterial Carbonatogenesis

      • Fadwa Jroundi, Maria Teresa Gonzalez-Muñoz, Carlos Rodriguez-Navarro
      Pages 281-299Open Access
    7. Siderophores and their Applications in Wood, Textile, and Paper Conservation

      • Stavroula Rapti, Stamatis C. Boyatzis, Shayne Rivers, Anastasia Pournou
      Pages 301-339Open Access
    8. Organic Green Corrosion Inhibitors Derived from Natural and/or Biological Sources for Conservation of Metals Cultural Heritage

      • Vasilike Argyropoulos, Stamatis C. Boyatzis, Maria Giannoulaki, Elodie Guilminot, Aggeliki Zacharopoulou
      Pages 341-367Open Access

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. 


  • Open Access
  • Restoration
  • Conservation
  • Cultural heritage
  • Biodeterioration
  • Bioweathering
  • Bioremediation
  • Biocleaning
  • Biotechnology
  • Green Chemistry
  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Artwork
  • Antimicrobial protection
  • Biocides

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. 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)