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Preserving cultural heritage by preventing bacterial decay of wood in foundation poles and archaeological sites

Objective

Historic buildings (with wooden foundation poles) and archaeological wood will be preserved by solving the problem of bacterial degradation of wood (a threat concerning wood across Europe). In both cases the environmental conditions are very similar. There is little (or no) oxygen present and there is a risk from environmental pollutant. Bacterial degradation of wood is not fully understood. Until now identification of the bacteria was impossible. This project willidentify the bacteria responsible, a major advance beyond the state of the art. Identification will use advanced molecular DNA biology. The identity of the bacteria will enable us to develop techniques for prediction, diagnosis, monitoring, prevention and curing environmental damage cussed by bacterial attack. One of the aims is to explore the efficiency of phages (bacterial specific viruses, a recent medical breakthrough) in preservation methodology.

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STICHTING HOUT RESEARCH
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Wildekamp 1 C
6704 AT WAGENINGEN
Netherlands

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