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ISRN Microbiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 680598, 10 pages
Research Article

Determination of Indoor Air Quality in Archives and Biodeterioration of the Documentary Heritage

1Laboratory of Preventive Conservation, National Archive of the Republic of Cuba, Compostela 906 esquina San Isidro, Old Havana, P.O. Box 10100, Havana, Cuba
2Departamento de Química, Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Casilla de Correo 16, Sucursal 4, 1900 La Plata, Argentina
3CONICET, La Plata, Argentina
4Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, UNLP, Casilla de Correo 16, Sucursal 4, 1900 La Plata, Argentina
5CICBA, Argentina
6Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNLP, Casilla de Correo 16, Sucursal 4, 1900 La Plata, Argentina

Received 19 July 2012; Accepted 23 August 2012

Academic Editors: M. T. Rowe and J. Ruiz-Herrera

Copyright © 2012 Sofía Borrego et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Documentary heritage is permanently subject to suffering from physical, chemical, and/or biological alterations. Biological deterioration by microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) causes undesirable changes on material properties. Microorganisms affect different organic, natural or synthetic substrates (cellulose, polycarbonates), metals, and compounds of optical and magnetic devices (CD, VHS). Paper made by vegetal fibers, functional additives (glue, optical polishers, consolidating agents), and inks with organic bindings are used as sources of nutrients. The environmental microorganisms that form the microbial charge of indoor air at repositories (archives, libraries) storing cultural heritage can deteriorate the different supports of heritage importance and affect human health as allergies and skin affections. The aims of this research were to study microbial contamination of the environment and its influence on biodeterioration by the biofilm formation and to analyze the relationship between environment microbiota and biofilm formation in materials stored at three archives in Argentina and in two repositories of the National Archive of the Republic of Cuba.