Biodeterioration is the most common problem of mankind and its record can be traced back to biblical times or probably earlier. Building Mycology deals with the study of fungi in and around the building environment, having direct and indirect effect on the health of the building, its materials, structures and occupants.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Preface. Built environment and development of fungi. Introduction, ecology, taxonomy and economic importance of fungi in buildings. Nature and extent of fungal decay in buildings. The physiology and morphology of fungal decay in buildings. Aerobiology and indoor environment; principles and methodology. Fungal disfigurement of interior finishes. Inspection, monitoring and environmental control of timber decay. Detection and biocontrol of wood decay organisms. Remedial chemical control of fungal decay in buildings. Biodeterioration of wall paintings - the Indian experience. Indoor mycology, The North American experience. Fungal problems in buildings, The Danish experience. The effect of filamentous fungi on stone monuments - the Spanish experience. Index.
'Dr Singh's organic approach could herald a revolution that will stretch far beyond the reach of dry rot.' - Perspectives
'An excellent volume and should be a standard work for many years. It should be essential reading for all microbiologists, mycologists, building designers and legislators, environmental engineers, building societies, and above all, building owners. Truly a most readable book which will delight the specialist and enthuse the generalist.' - John. E. Smith, Glasgow