Guadalupe Piñar, Dario Piombino-Mascali, Frank Maixner, Albert Zink and Katja Sterflinger Microbial survey of the mummies from the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy: biodeterioration risk and contamination of the indoor air FEMS Microbiology Ecology 86
The study provides insights into the curatorial problems concerning the human remains dating from the 16th to 20th centuries AD located in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy. A microbiological and molecular investigation focused on characterization of opportunistic microorganisms able to colonize and deteriorate the preservation of ancient bodies. This microbiota is threatening the conservation of the mummies themselves.
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