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Cyanobacteria attack rocks : control and preventive strategies to avoid damage caused by cyanobacteria and associated microorganisms in roman hypogean monuments (CATS)

Objective

In Roman hypogea the abundance of nutrients in the lithic substrata, the input of compounds from air and waters and the high humidity, all combined with the presence of artificial illumination, provide a suitable niche for cyanobacteria that can make use of the spectral emission of the lamps. CATS proposes to develop physical and biotechnological methodologies that may limit the formation of cyanobacteria-dominated bio films on rock surfaces. A two-phase strategy will be developed in order to prevent or control the growth of bio films. A pilot study will test the effectiveness of appropriate wavelengths and of anti-cyanobacterial bio molecules in limiting phototropic growth. The project will develop a micro sensor-based portable prototype for early warning and monitoring of bio films The main results include data on the type of damage produced biologically on rock surfaces and the major factors that control the development and growth of bio films

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Address
Via Della Ricerca Scientifica
00133 Roma
Italy

Participants (9)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
10,Avenida Reina Mercedes 10
41012 Sevilla
HANS KNOELL INSTITUTE FOR NATURAL PRODUCTS RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Beutenbergstrasse 11
07745 Jena
IDRONAUT SRL
Italy
Address
Via Mazzini 6
20123 Milano
PONTIFICIA COMMISSIONE DI ARCHEOLOGIA SACRA
Italy
Address
Via Napoleone Iii
00185 Roma
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Tietotie 2
02044 Espoo
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MESSINA
Italy
Address
Salita Sperone 31 Villaggio S. Agata
98166 Santagata Messina
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Avinguda Joan Xxiii S/n
08028 Barcelona
UNIVERSITY OF WALES SWANSEA
United Kingdom
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
Address
Via Della Ricerca Scientifica 1 Edificio Sogene
00133 Roma