Evaluating the xerophilic potential of moulds on selected egg tempera paints on glass and wooden supports using fluorescent microscopy

Janez Kosel, , Lea Legan, Klara Retko & Polonca Ropret
Even though contamination of painted artwork by xerophilic moulds frequently causes aesthetical, physical and/or biochemical biodeterioration, mould growth on paints, prepared from assorted traditional artists’ pigments, has yet to be systematically evaluated especially with regard to low relative humidity (RH) levels and painted support materials. Therefore, we investigated 11 fungal strains isolated mostly from cultural heritage institutions’ interiors for their potential to grow on egg tempera paint films prepared with different colouring agents and applied...
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