Fungal bioprospecting and antifungal treatment on a deteriorated Brazilian contemporary painting.

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Fungal bioprospecting and antifungal treatment on a deteriorated Brazilian contemporary painting.

Lett Appl Microbiol. 2018 Jul 20;:

Authors: Boniek D, Bonadio L, de Abreu CS, Santos AFBD, de Resende Stoianoff MA

Abstract
The present study aims at identifying the populations of filamentous fungi present on a Brazilian contemporary painting, whose conservation status was compromised and showed evident signs of deterioration by microbial action. In addition, to correlate the biodeterioration potential of the isolated fungal strains, cellulolytic activity testing was performed and, finally, the biocide treatment against microbial growth was carried out. A total of nine isolates of filamentous fungi were detected and three distinct taxa were identified: Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, and Penicillium citrinum. The detection of the enzymatic activity of the isolates by cellulolytic plate assay revealed the potential of filamentous fungal species in causing the deterioration of paintings. Our results showed that the presence of each strain of filamentous fungi correlated to the distribution of the paint colour, suggesting a tropism of certain species for specific dyes used. In addition, strains of A. niger showed a lower enzymatic activity index, despite the aesthetic damage that this fungal specie caused on the artwork. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that the identification of the microbiota obtained from the painting may help contrasting its biodeterioration and it described a successful antifungal treatment on a contemporary art piece. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID: 30027573 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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