Microbial technology approaches to mitigating the deterioration of construction and heritage materials

Junier, Pilar (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland) ; Joseph, Edith (Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-Restauration, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and arts Western Switzerland ; Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Microorganisms are the main engines of elemental cycling in this planet and therefore have a profound impact on both organic and mineral substrates. As such, past and present human-made structures and cultural heritage can be negatively affected by micro-bial activity. Processes such as bioweathering (rocks and minerals), biodeterioration (organic substrates) or biocorrosion (metals) participate to the degradation or structural damage of construction and heritage materials. This structural damage can cause major economic losses (e.g. replacement of cast-iron pipes in water distribution networks), and in the case of heritage materials, the entire loss of invaluable objects or monuments. Even though one can regard the influence of microbial activity on construction and heritage materials as negative, remarkably, the same metabolic pathways involved in degradation can be exploited to increase the stability of these materials.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Design et Arts visuels
School:
HE-Arc CR
Institute:
Unité de recherche en Conservation-restauration de la Haute Ecole Arc - UR-ARC CR
Subject(s):
Conservation - Restauration
Date:
2017-08
Pagination:
4 p.
Published in:
Microbial biotechnology
Numeration (vol. no.):
2017, vol. 10, issue 5, pp. 1145-1148
DOI:
ISSN:
1751-7915
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