"The Use of Oxygen-Free Environments in the Control  of Museum Insect Pests" by . Maekawa

The Use of Oxygen-Free Environments in the Control of Museum Insect Pests . Maekawa

Getty Publications - (Yale)
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
31 Mar 2006
Getty Publications
224 pages: 277 x 217 x 13mm
6 colour & 50 b&w illustrations, 25 line illustrations


Museums throughout the world face the challenge of finding non-toxic methods to control insect pests. This book focuses on practical rather than theoretical issues in the use of oxygen-free environments, presenting a detailed, hands-on guide to the use of oxygen-free environments in the eradication of museum insect pests. This volume discusses the use of nitrogen as the inert gas used to replace oxygen, and the use of a few specific types of containers as treatment chambers. An initial chapter explains the general advantages anoxia offers museum conservators. Subsequent chapters discuss methods and materials, small-scale anoxia using an oxygen absorber, large-scale anoxia using external nitrogen sources, and protocols for insect eradication using nitrogen anoxia. Appendices include a list of manufacturers and suppliers of material and equipment used in nitrogen anoxia. This volume includes a CD-ROM of the book, featuring an Index with terms linked to the text

Shin Maekawa, co-author of Inert Cases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests and editor of Oxygen-Free Museum Cases, both from the Getty, is a senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute. Kerstin Elert is a research fellow at the University of Granada, Spain