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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
077. (Collection Care) Microorganisms inhabiting our collections

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The Military University Nueva Granada is working on the consolidation of a "Campus Ecomuseum” that seeks to integrate natural heritage and diverse collections in their care. Among these collections, we can find the National Museum of Telecommunications with objects such as telephones, television sets, radios, telegraph equipment, books, record players, and an audiovisual collection with vinyl records, photographs, slides, 8mm films, VHS, Betamax, among others. In the field of art, there are two and three dimensional works distributed in the Campus made with different techniques and available to the public. The University's Science laboratories keep the Natural History collections including the herbarium, mollusks, insects and vertebrate collections. This study aims to explore the microbial diversity living in our collections, through the isolation and identification of microorganisms that may be potential agents of deterioration, changing the structure and stability of the materials by enzymatic reactions and metabolites production that cause chemical and structural damage. The results of this study showed the relationship between the microorganisms isolated from the materials and from the storage or display environment. The final product is a visual guide that shows biodiversity inhabiting our collections at the microbial level, as tool for diagnosis and conservation.

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Maria Camila Patiño

Coordinator of Conservation and Documentation Department, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Art and Culture Section
Microbiologist, Magister in Museology and Heritage Management. Knowledge on Biodeterioration processes on historical and artistic objects and Preventive Conservation Programs in museums and libraries. Skills in isolation and identification of microorganisms specially fungi from storage... Read More →


Ada Echávez

Director, Art and Culture Section, Military University Nueva Granada
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Daniel Dorado Gaviria

Coordinator of Museography, Military University Nueva Granada
Graphic designer/Photographer. MA in Museology and Heritage management.

John Simmons

Adjunt Curator of Collections, Earth and Mineral Science Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University
Adjunct Curator of Collections at Earth and Mineral Science Museum & Art Gallery. Penn State University.  Instructor, Museum Studies.School of Library and Information Science. Kent State University  President at Museologica.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower