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Cultural Heritage

Janssen PMP successfully developed a number of new and environmentally friendly fungicides suitable for a wide range of applications. The cornerstone of this innovative antifungal portfolio is constituted by a number of sterol biosynthesis inhibiting azole fungicides, the most important being imazalil and propiconazole.

Janssen PMP successfully developed a number of new and environmentally friendly fungicides suitable for a wide range of applications. The cornerstone of this innovative antifungal portfolio is constituted by a number of sterol biosynthesis inhibiting azole fungicides, the most important being imazalil and propiconazole.

Initial applications of these molecules in cultural heritage related projects include antifungal treatment and protection of a full-size and seaworthy replica of the Batavia, the flagship of the Dutch East India Company, as well as the medieval town in the Open Air Museum of Bokrijk (B).

Other interventions where the Janssen PMP material protection expertise and portfolio actively assisted in cultural heritage projects include important museum collection pieces threatened by superficial mould growth. An imazalil smoke generator could be used with excellent results in each of these cases.

Around 2000, a cooperation agreement was signed between Janssen PMP and the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. This included the donation of specially formulated fungicide combinations to the museum for treating the terracotta army threatened by mould growth, the training of scientists from the Terracotta Museum at Janssen PMP in Beerse, and the equipment of a state of the art mycological laboratory in the Terracotta Museum itself.

Subsequent projects evolved into collaboration with a broader perspective. The commitment of Janssen PMP in these projects was not limited to an ad hoc solution of the biodeterioration problem alone, but aimed for an integrated approach towards documentation, monitoring and conservation of selected sites.

As such, the collaboration between Janssen PMP and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on the preservation of monuments in Karnataka is based on this broader, integrated approach towards cultural heritage preservation, in association with the UNESCO chair for Preventive Conservation, Monitoring and Maintenance of Monuments and Sites at KULeuven (B). Two sites were selected as pilot projects and are still ongoing: the Tipu Sultan summer palace (Daria Daulat Bagh) in Srirangapatna, and the Hampi temple complex World Heritage Site.

 

 

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