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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.

Coordinator

STICHTING HOUT RESEARCH

Address

Wildekamp 1 C
6704 At Wageningen

Netherlands

Participants (7)

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FUGRO ENGINEERS B.V.

Netherlands

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITY GOETTINGEN

Germany

NEDERLANDS CENTRUM VOOR DENDROCHRONOLOGIE - STICHTING RING

Netherlands

PHAGEN AB

Sweden

RIJKSDIENST VOOR HET OUDHEIDKUNDIG BODEMONDERZOEK

Netherlands

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Sweden

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK4-CT-2001-00043

  • Start date

    1 February 2002

  • End date

    31 January 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 750 334

  • EU contribution

    € 1 222 940

Coordinated by:

STICHTING HOUT RESEARCH

Netherlands