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Effect of Humidity on Fungal Deteriogens of Ancient Monuments

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Mata Gujri College of Professional Studies, Indore, MP, INDIA
  • 2 School of Studies in Microbiology, Vikram University, Ujjain, MP, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 3, Issue (4), Pages 84-86, April,10 (2014)

Abstract

Fungi have always found to be correlated with the deterioration of historical buildings. The present study is aimed to evaluate the effect of relative humidity on growth of fungi associated with Biodeterioration. The experimental work has been carried out using saturated salt slurry method. Five fungal deteriogens were investigated for their growth response over a wide range of relative humidity under laboratory conditions. Out of which, Penicillium sp, Fusarium sp and Aspergillus sp. showed growth between 93-100% RH, whereas Alternaria sp. and Curvularia sp. exhibited adequate growth between RH of 95-100%. Knowledge about fungal deteriogens will help to control the parameters causing Biodeterioration.

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