Debate on whether biofilms on stone monuments are biodeteriorative or bioprotective is long-standing. We propose a criterion of ‘relative bioprotective ratio’ for assessing the ambivalent role of the biofilms by comparing biodeterioration with weathering. A boundary between biodeterioration and bioprotection exists and fluctuates with dynamic microflora influenced by environmental conditions.
|Journal||Trends in Microbiology|
|State||E-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2022|
- stone monuments
- active communities
- environmental factors