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Biodeterioration of Wooden Cultural Heritage

Organisms and Decay Mechanisms in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems

Authors: Pournou, Anastasia

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  • The first book on the biodeterioration of wooden Cultural Heritage in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Offers a valuable guide to the diagnosis of wood decay for scientists, academics and professionals in the area of wooden Cultural Heritage
  • Includes a detailed review of deteriogen biology and decay mechanisms, helping specialists to design effective prevention, mitigation and remediation strategies
  • Employs a holistic approach to wood biodeterioration, making the content easily accessible for readers with different scientific backgrounds
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About this book

Since prehistoric times and throughout the course of human evolution, wood has been an integral part of all civilizations. Wooden Cultural Heritage can be found worldwide, providing valuable information on the social and economic context of human history. Nonetheless, as a natural cellulosic material, wood shows low resistance to biodeterioration and thus wooden Cultural Heritage often fails to escape decomposition in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

This book provides a comprehensive overview on the biodeterioration of wooden Cultural Heritage and describes the decay mechanisms of key organisms and microorganisms encountered in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Cultural Heritage professionals, researchers and academics may explore within this book the associations between deteriogens, habitats and decay, which will assist them to understand wood biodeterioration and design effective prevention, mitigation and remediation strategies.

The book presents case studies around the world to demonstrate the impact of biogenic deterioration on wooden Cultural Heritage and illustrates mechanisms and patterns in order to be a useful handbook of decay diagnosis.

Lastly, by adopting a holistic approach to wood decay, basic concepts of wood technology, ecology, and deteriogens' biology are introduced, permitting readers of different scientific backgrounds to easily comprehend wood biodeterioration.


About the authors

Anastasia Pournou is a Professor at the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art, University of West Attica. She received a bachelor degree in 1994 from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and in 1999 was awarded a PhD from the University of Portsmouth, School of Biological Sciences. Prof. Pournou's area of specialization includes conservation of wooden Cultural Heritage artefacts, wood biodeterioration and physicochemical assessment of heritage wood condition. Her research work has been supported by a number of national and European funding programs and has an extensive publication record on the protection and conservation of historical and archaeological wood.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 93,08 €
price for Korea, Republic of (South Korea) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-46504-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 109,99 €
price for Korea, Republic of (South Korea) (gross)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biodeterioration of Wooden Cultural Heritage
Book Subtitle
Organisms and Decay Mechanisms in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46504-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46504-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46503-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 538
Number of Illustrations
74 b/w illustrations, 168 illustrations in colour
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