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Subject: Anoxic treatment

Anoxic treatment

From: Sally Shelton <shelton.sally>
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 1999
Siew Wah Lee <siew_wah_l [at] hotmail__com> writes

>I have some drawings with severe mold growth on them. In one, there
>is green mold on the glazing and support. I would like them to
>undergo anoxic treatment as a precautions for they are stored in
>improper storage conditions where catching an insect infestation is
>high. I would like to know if the nitrogen gas for the anoxic
>treatment would support mold growth since some fertilizers contains
>a high nitrogen content.

Atmospheric nitrogen is inert; the nitrates in fertilizer are fixed,
not elemental/atmospheric. You don't have to worry about feeding
instead of starving your problems when you use atmospheric nitrogen.

Sally Shelton
Collections Officer
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:64
                Distributed: Thursday, February 4, 1999
                       Message Id: cdl-12-64-011
Received on Tuesday, 2 February, 1999

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