Introduction to Biodeterioration - 2nd Edition (2004)

Dennis Allsopp, Kenneth Seal, Christine Gaylarde 
Cambridge University Press  October 2004  

Hardback  252 pages, 37 diags, 32 half-tones, 36 tabs  ISBN 9780521821353      £75.00

Paperback  252pp  ISBN 9780521528870      £31.00
This book provides an introduction to biodeterioration - the attack on man-made materials by living organisms. The authors outline the principles involved, as well as the ways in which such damage can be controlled and prevented. A wide range of organisms are covered (including bacteria, fungi, algae, lichens, insects and other invertebrates, birds, mammals and plants) and the types of biodeterioration discussed include: natural materials such as foodstuffs, wood, metal, stone, cellulose and leather synthetic products such as paint, adhesives and plastics; structures and systems such as buildings, monuments, transport systems and vehicles. In this updated and expanded second edition, new molecular and genetic techniques are included, and regulatory, environmental and safety issues are emphasised. This book is suitable not only for biologists, but also for those in industry, commerce and local government who are concerned with the preservation and conservation of a wide range of materials of economic or cultural importance.


1. Introduction; 2. Natural materials; 3. Biodeterioration of refined and processed materials; 4. Built environment, structures, systems and transportation; 5. Investigative biodeterioration; 6. The control of biodeterioration.

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