“The Febrile Muse” focusing on “Portrayal of Infectious Diseases in Literature & the Arts” (microBEnet microbiology blog of the day)

The Febrile Muse is today’s microBEnet microbiology blog of the day.  The blog focuses on the “Portrayal of Infectious Diseases in Literature and the Arts” according to the tagline. The author, who is not named, describes herself as “passionate about science literacy and wishes to inspire people to read and write and learn.”  More about the author …

Using bacteria to help restore works of art

Next in my ongoing series of posts related to beneficial microbes in the built environment… using Pseudomonas to restore 17th century Italian frescoes. Apparently these particular frescoes were improperly restored in the 1960’s using some kind of gelatin glue that now causes salt crystals to grow on the art.  Both chemical and mechanical removal methods …

A little known issue in indoor microbiology: degradation of paper & risks to paper heritage #microBEnet

Though much of the work on microbiology of the built environment focuses on health in some way, there are other reasons to be interested in “Who are the microbes in your neighborhood.”  One of them is discussed in this paper:  Trends in Microbiology : Scripta manent? Assessing microbial risk to paper heritage. Microbes in the …