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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.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

STICHTING HOUT RESEARCH
Address
Wildekamp 1 C
6704 AT Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (7)

FUGRO ENGINEERS B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Gyroscoopweg 94
1042 AX Amsterdam
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITY GOETTINGEN
Germany
Address
Buesgenweg 2
37077 Goettingen
NEDERLANDS CENTRUM VOOR DENDROCHRONOLOGIE - STICHTING RING
Netherlands
Address
1,Kerkstraat 1
3811 CV Amersfoort
PHAGEN AB
Sweden
Address
Berzelius Science Park
582 25 Linkoeping
RIJKSDIENST VOOR HET OUDHEIDKUNDIG BODEMONDERZOEK
Netherlands
Address
1,Kerkstraat 1
3800 BP Amersfoort
THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
Vallvaegen 9
750 08 Uppsala
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
United Kingdom
Address
King Henry I Street
PO1 2DY Portsmouth