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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.
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.
Dennis Allsopp is formerly of the CAB INTERNATIONAL Mycological Institute, where he was Head of the Culture Collection and Industrial Services Division, and latterly the CAB INTERNATIONAL Biodiversity Coordinator. He has co-edited Smith's Industrial Mycology and Introduction to Biodeterioration. Kenneth Seal is the Technical Director of Thor Specialities UK Limited, which manufactures and markets a wide range of biocides for the preservation of industrial, household and personal care products. He was previously Head of the Biodeterioration Division of Cranfield University's Biotechnology Centre. Christine Gaylarde is the group leader in Biodeterioration and Biodegradation in the Department of Biophysics and the Microbial Resources Centre at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She is the Biodeterioration coordinator for the Brazilian Microbiology Society and represents or has represented the country on the Biodeterioration networks of the Ibero-American Programme, CYTED.
'This new edition will ensure that this book continues to be the basic introduction to the subject worldwide.' Mycological Research