Not sure if this is practical but might be worth considering ...
What about something like a shipping container sealed air-tight with a vacuum pump? Would mould/mold
die off in a vacuum (sorry I didn't study mold biology beyond 9th grade)? My thought would be,
create a vacuum and let the items "cure" and then when enough time has passed, HEPA-vac the dormant
spores. Like I said, I'm no mold expert so I can't say if this would work or not.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Marie OConnell" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 2:19 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] More mould questions
> We are currently looking at the issues surrounding mould/mold. Our
> existing collections have been housed in a temperature/humidity
> controlled environment for years. Problems develop as we take in
> accessions of collections where we have had no control over where or how
> they have been cared for.
> As more space becomes available we are looking at an area that is
> purpose-built and acts as an isolation room for "sick" collections.
> Infact we would prefer to have two areas, one for the storage of "sick"
> collections and the other as the decontamination work room.
> My question is, has anyone on the list built anything like this and
> what were some of the requirements eg. hepa filters.
> Marie O'Connell
> Analogue Tape Preservation Archivist
> Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero
> PO Box 1531
> Radio New Zealand House
> Level 1, 51 Chester Street West
> Phone +64 3 374 8443
> Fax + 64 3 374 8448