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Microbial analysis in archives as a part of prevention strategy and biological risk management





Key words: 

indoor air quality, archives, microorganisms, managing environmental condition


Archives and libraries, because of its function, represent a specific environment, which requiresmaintainingappropriate climatic parameters, necessary for the safe storage of collections. In the case of sudden climatic conditions changes some physical and chemical changes in archival material may occur and the development of microorganisms may lead to deterioration. The main task of the archives is therefore to avoid such situations and take appropriate preventive action.  The aim of this study was the microbiological examination of the repository in the archive, which has been flooded as a result of water installation failure and to assess the effectiveness of the disinfection treatment applied to flooded documents. The analysis of  indoor air and surface did not reveal the presence of species of fungi particularly dangerous to health, but pointed to the presence of fungi with potential, cellulolytic properties damaging to stored archival materials and incomplete effect of ozone disinfection. The results of the analysis are an important part of preventive action and managing  environmental condition in archives.

dr Justyna SYGUŁA-CHOLEWIŃSKA dr Tomasz LECH prof. dr hab. Jadwiga SZOSTAK-KOT

Cracow University of Economics Faculty of Commodity Science

Department of Microbiology ul. Rakowicka 27, 31-510

Kraków., Poland phone: (+48) 12-2935807, (+48) 12-2935803 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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