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Web Date: April 3, 2012

Technique Sniffs Out Mold In Film Archives

Cultural Heritage: Scientists find molecular signature produced by harmful microbes on film
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: artifacts, film, mass spectrometry, fungus, cellulose acetate

Like humans, fungi have a taste for old movies. Unfortunately, the microbes prefer to eat than watch the cellulose acetate film. This moldy predilection destroys valuable film in archives and poses safety concerns to conservators who are exposed to the fungal spores. Now researchers have developed a technique to detect the odor profile of fungi that have digested a meal of . . .

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