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Volume 2 ,issue 1 | Winter and Spring 2012 | Pages : 39-44

STUDY THE ROLE PLAYED BY FUNGAL GROWTH IN THE DETERIORATION OF LIME MORTARS, AN EXAMPLE FROM TUNISIA

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: 10.21608/EJARS.2012.7458

pages: 39-44

Authors:
Moussa, A. 1 ; Mansour, M. 1 ; Ayed, N. 2

1 Lecturer in Conservation dept., Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo Univ., Giza, Egypt
2 Prof. in Chemistry dept, Institut des Sciences Appliquees et de Technologie BP
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Abstract:
In this study, mortars from the citadel of Nabeul where studied using XRD in order to identify their composition, and where investigated biologically to determine the role played by microorganisms in there decay. Calcium carbonate (calcite – lime) is the main component of the studied mortars; calcium silicate was also detected in addition to quartz and iron oxides. The biological investigation detected some fungal flora amongst: Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus tamareii, Ascosphaera apis, Eurotium repens, Eurotium chevalieri, Doratomyces sp and Cladosporium cladosprioides.

Keywords:
Nabeul; Biological Investigation; Lime mortars; fungi; Biocorrosion

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