Addressing the microbiological problems of cultural property andarchive documents after earthquake and tsunami

Ji Dong Gu*, Rika Kigawa, Yoshinori Sato, Yoko Katayama

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Abstract

An International Symposium on the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property with a focus on microbial biodeterioration of cultural property was held in Tokyo, Japan on December 5-7, 2012. In addition to microbial deterioration of stone, paper and wood, available technologies and innovations in removal and protection of cultural property, monitoring fungal contamination and classification of the contamination level, this symposium showed results dealing with cultural property after earthquake and tsunami as the key issues affecting the artifacts and cultural property highlighted at this symposium. Interestingly, it was found that salt in water can control the growth of molds and fungi on documents and less growth was observed when salinity was higher. This has a greater implication when dealing with large amounts of documents after natural disaster. The papers derived from invited speakers and also posters are being published in a dedicated volume of book available to research scientists, conservationists, applied biologists and graduate students working on related subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-346
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Biodeterioration and Biodegradation
Volume85
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Archive documents
  • Biodeterioration
  • Cultural property
  • Sandstone
  • Tsunami

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