Molecular Approaches for the Assessment of Microbial Deterioration of Objects of Art
One of the most important criteria for the restoration of cultural heritage is the early identification of material deterioration caused by microbial colonization. In order to give guidance to restorers on how and when such restorative efforts are required and to what extent such efforts need to include treatments to stop microbial growth, methods are needed that allow stock taking of microbial communities on the objects of art. It is also important to assess changes in microbial colonization. The present paper describes molecular approaches which allow the monitoring of biodeterioration processes of objects of art, including mural paintings and historical glass.
Key wordsbiodeterioration DGGE analysis mural paintings historical glass
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