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A Preliminary Assessment of The Microbial Communities of Limestone in the Archaeological site of Palenque, Mexico



Title: A Preliminary Assessment of The Microbial Communities of Limestone in the Archaeological site of Palenque, Mexico
Author(s): L. Laiz, M. del Carmen Portillo, M. G. del Valle, J. M. Gonzalez, H. A. Videla, L. K. Herrera, S. Le Borgne, C. Saiz-Jimenez
Paper category : conference
Book title: Second International RILEM Workshop on Microbial Impact on Building Materials
Editor(s): M. Ribas Silva
Print-ISBN: None
e-ISBN: 2912143845
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2004
Pages: 1 - 10
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 22
Language: English


Abstract: The archaeological site of Palenque is nestled in the lower foothills of the Sierra Madre of Chiapas, amid a high tropical forest abounding in surface water. It belongs to the Mayan classic period and late classic (300-900 AD) and its main constructional material is limestone, the most common stone in the Mayan buildings. Due to the high temperatures and relative humidity an abundant microflora is growing on the walls of the buildings causing discoloration, mechanical damage and multiple undesirable effects. This work reports about some of the microorganisms isolated from six different sites of Palenque by using molecular biology procedures. A preliminary assessment of the epilithic microflora, complemented with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy observations, are summarized in this paper.


Online publication: 2004-06-25
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00


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