INTRODUCTION. There is now a high level of acceptance amongst biodeterioration biologists and technologists in the paints and biocides industries , that. Several paints of varying chemistry have been in use for domestic and industrial purposes. The painted Biodeterioration of domestic and public buildings. PDF | This paper presents a review of the biodeterioration of architectural paint films by bacteria, fungi and algae, concentrating on external films. references .

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Microbiological studies on the conservation of mural paintings in tumuli.

Presenting a unified scheme for determining the mechanism of microbial damage of painted surfaces is rather difficult. In these experiments too the two Lyngbya species appeared to be the predominant ones. This advertisement will close after 60 seconds or click here to close. Besides the aesthetic damage caused by a green, black, brown, or yellow algal patina covering the painted portions, these organisms may cause weathering of the surface layers, accelerating detachment of portions of the painted layer as well as the underlying plaster By determining which microorganisms are present at time zero, he or she will be able to make a reasonable assumption about how the microbial colonization will develop.

However, the majority of reports are limited to biodeterioraiton of the fungal flora isolated from the substrates and make no attempt to establish whether these microorganisms are the first to colonize the substrates.

In addition, the project group has published results of a number of collaborative studies in which the growth and survival of a large number of micro-organisms were evaluated in a range of different polymer emulsions. Indeed, these organisms have been reported to contribute to the weathering process of masonry Members biodsterioration the genera AlcaligenesBacillusFlavobacteriumand Pseudomonas represented the most frequent bacterial species present at all times.

The main soil microorganisms, fungi and bacteria, growing on the mock painting were identified. These data could be taken as an indication of the presence of a fungal flora specifically developing on the painting and differing, at least in part, from that present in the environment. Opificio delle pietre dure e laboratori di restauro di Firenze. However, the fungi were considered secondary colonizers of the fresco. Nevertheless, in a few cases attempts have been made to present a more comprehensive analysis of the different microbial groups present, to unravel the chemical modifications brought about by the microbial colonization, and to determine the succession of the microbial colonizers.


Controlli microbiologici su alcuni affreschi fiorentini; pp. However, if the textile was artificially aged in the laboratory by exposure to the light of a xenon lamp or to heat, treatments that result in a chemical modification of the protein, then it became susceptible also to fungal attack unpublished data. Their work was greatly stimulated by the finding that, after the flooding of Florence viodeterioration Novembera great number of paintings, both mural and easel, were severely damaged and that the damage could be at least biodeterioratkon part associated with the growth of microorganisms.

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Biodeterioration of paints

Cyanobacteria and algae on historic buildings and monuments. Contributions to the study of the biodeterioration of the works of art and of historic monuments. These models will allow us to establish, under controlled conditions, which species colonize a given substrate, how the microbial flora will change on changing of painfs substrates supports, pigments, binders, glues, etc. In addition, other laboratory experiments indicated that black spots of lead sulfide could be produced on the frescoes from the reaction between the lead oxide of pigments and the hydrogen bioreterioration produced by other bacterial species present in the samples.

The calcium carbonate formed on contact with air consolidates the pigments. Contamination of mural paintings by indoor airborne fungal spores.

Tonolo A, Giacobini C. The Lascaux Cave is perhaps the most emblematic example of the damage that microorganisms may cause to art work and should settle once and forever the arguments about the possible role of microorganisms in the degradation of ppaints cultural heritage.

Fungal deterioration of cellulosic textiles: Indeed, after 3 months of total darkness and closure to the public, algal proliferation on painted areas was found to have increased by 1 order of magnitude With few exceptions, the paintings, some biodetedioration long as 5 m, represented different animals some imaginaryand their quality was such that the cave was designated by some the Sistine Chapel of the Paleolithic.


Recently, a method of identifying microorganisms by sequencing a portion of the DNA coding for the 16S rRNA has been used with cultures of bacteria isolated from frescoes niodeterioration44 and even with DNA samples extracted directly from a fresco 44 Similar limitations will greatly reduce the usefulness of other molecular biological techniques, such as biodfterioration in situ hybridization, that permit identification of microorganisms without their isolation and culture.

Microbial Degradation of Paintings

This comprehensive data may provide the foundation for ascertaining the existence of associations or successions among the components of a microbial flora. Mural paintings rely on techniques and materials differing from those utilized in easel paintings.

European Coatings Journal Issue: Intach Conservation Biodeterioratiom Microbiological changes on frescoes.

Mycological and ultrastructural studies to evaluate biodeterioration of mural paintings. Of course, the two types of damage are strongly linked, and in the long run, structural damage profoundly affects the aesthetic quality of a biodeterioratipn. Quite unexpectedly, although other algae together with cyanobacteria, bacteria, and fungi biodetedioration isolated in different parts of the cave, the green patina was composed exclusively of the unicellular alga Bracteacoccus minor order Chlorococcales.

Saving our architectural heritage: Ann Arbor Science Publishers, Inc. Observations on cell structure of micro-organisms of an epilithic photoprophic community competing for light. Bacteria, especially of the genus Arthrobacterwere reported to be among the first colonizers of murals in a medieval church in Rostov, Russia 41 biodrterioration, and to be responsible for oxidation of the lead present in pigments, resulting in the production of brown-black spots of lead oxides.

Thus, other art works, such as those in stone, wood, paper, and masonry, as well as those in more esoteric materials, such as leather, parchment, glass, and metal, will not be considered.