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Use of Oxygen-free Environments in the Control of Museum Insect Pests

Handbook / Manual

By: Shin Maekawa and Kerstin Elert

224 pages, Col & b/w illus

Getty Trust Publications

Paperback | Mar 2006 | #138962 | ISBN: 0892366931
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Museums throughout the world face the challenge of finding non-toxic methods to control insect pests. This book focuses on practical rather than theoretical issues in the use of oxygen-free environments, presenting a detailed, hands-on guide to the use of oxygen-free environments in the eradication of museum insect pests. This volume discusses the use of nitrogen as the inert gas used to replace oxygen, and the use of a few specific types of containers as treatment chambers. An initial chapter explains the general advantages anoxia offers museum conservators. Subsequent chapters discuss methods and materials, small-scale anoxia using an oxygen absorber, large-scale anoxia using external nitrogen sources, and protocols for insect eradication using nitrogen anoxia. Appendices include a list of manufacturers and suppliers of material and equipment used in nitrogen anoxia. This volume includes a CD-ROM of the book, featuring an Index with terms linked to the text

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Shin Maekawa, co-author of Inert Cases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests and editor of Oxygen-Free Museum Cases, both from the Getty, is a senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute. Kerstin Elert is a research fellow at the University of Granada, Spain

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