Microbes can damage but also help restore artifacts

Nick R. Konkol, Christopher J. McNamara, Robert A. Blanchette, Eric May, Ralph Mitchell

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• The fungal species Cadophora, which is causing soft rot in and outside historically important buildings at Antarctic sites, is distinct from microorganisms that typically damage wooden buildings in temperate and tropical zones. • Microorganisms living along and also below the surfaces of Mayan stone artifacts may threaten archaeological sites throughout the Yucatan region of Mexico. • Bacteria that can remove sulphate crusts or form layers of calcite to consolidate mineral surfaces could prove helpful to conservators who are working to restore damaged building stones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-567
Number of pages5
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


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