Microorganisms on Books – Detection – Identification – Conservation Measures

16th – 20th September 2013, Horn, Austria

Further education course held by D. Harald Riedl

Short description of the course

- How can we know that microorganisms, especially fungi are involved in any
damage occuring in books, archival materials or any other objects made from
- macroscopic, microscopic and culture methods applied for identification
- Organisms most commonly attacking paper (parchment and leather can be
added for books if desirable)
- how to deal with the organisms involved with least danger to increase the
- fighting the pests or prevention? which is better and why
- methods of prevention in a suitable environment

More extensive description:
- How to recognize the causing agents in a particular case of
microbiological damage?
- How to distinguish colored spots caused by micro biological attack and
other colored spots with simple measures available by any conservator?
- How to take samples for slide preparations?
- How and why inoculating microorganisms on special culture media,
preserving cultures as standards for the future.
These are the questions dealt with in theory and practice in this course for
conservator-restorers, librarians, archivists and others interested in preventing
microbiological attack in historical book and paper collections.

Furthermore the course provides:
- A survey of literature for the identification of microfungi and other
- A description of the most important microfungi colonizing paper sorts,
parchment and leathers
- Discussion on so far used disinfection methods
- Recommendations for treatments

The participants are welcome to bring cases with them.
Preknowledge of participants or their profession highly desirable

Prof. Dr. Harald Riedl studied botany and palaeontology at Vienna University,
Dr. phil. 1960 with a thesis on pleomorphism of microfungi, curator for
botany at theVienna Natural History Museum from 1960 onwards, lecturer
in botany with special emphasis on mycology at Vienna University 1968,
director of the Department of Botany at the Natural History Museum, lecturer
in microbiology for students of restoration at theVienna Academy of Fine Arts
1983 to 1988. Consultant for microbiology at the Bundesdenkmalamt (Austrian
Federal Department of the Preservation of Cultural Heritage) and for various
art museums and libraries. Research on taxonomy of lichenized and non-
lichenized fungi and of higher plants especially from SW Asia, desert ecology,
microbial ecology, etc. Numerous scientific expeditions to various parts of
the Mediterranean region, SW-Asia and Africa. Retired with the end of 2001,
since thenmainly studieson microbial ecology. About 200 scientific papers in
international journals.

Course language: English

Number of participants: 10


Accommodation during the course is either within the building (guesthouse) or in a close hotel (hotel conditions) and is included in the price. The guesthouse offers a kitchen where participants can prepare own meals and the close connection to the venue is of advantage, but there is no TV and no telephone in the rooms. The hotel is 5 minutes to walk from the venue, but provides all facilities a hotel normally got.

In case you wish for a hotel room, please contact Mrs. Wieland immediately after your registration: wieland(at)kunsthaus-horn.at (http://kunsthaus-horn.at/pages/kontakt.php)

For any questions concerning invoices or financial affairs also Mrs. Wieland is happy to assist you.

The course fee including nights from 16th to 20th Sept 2013 in the guesthouse costs 520 Euros plus
10% VAT.

For questions concerning the content of the course Dr. Engel will assist you:

After application you will be provided with further information.