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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

Version of Record online: 9 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12165

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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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