This introductory text explains the ways in which living organisms attack materials, structures and manufactured products, and the ways in which such damage can be controlled and prevented. New molecular and genetic techniques are included in this updated and expanded second edition and regulatory and safety issues are emphasized. The authors provide a broad overview, suitable not only for biologists, but also for those in industry, commerce and local government who are concerned with the preservation and conservation of materials of economic or cultural importance. First Edition Pb (1992): 0-521-42746-0
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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.
"The book is nicely expanded from the first edition, which I found so useful 20 years ago. ...the topics have been nicely expanded. I recommend this book to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of microbiology (and bugs and mice) into additional areas of biodeterioration research."
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