Assessment of biological colonization of historic buildings in the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp

@article{Rajkowska2013AssessmentOB,
  title={Assessment of biological colonization of historic buildings in the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp},
  author={Katarzyna Rajkowska and Anna Otlewska and Anna Kozir{\'o}g and Małgorzata Piotrowska and Paulina Nowicka-Krawczyk and Mariusz Hachułka and Grzegorz J. Wolski and Alina Kunicka-Styczyńska and Beata Gutarowska and Agnieszka Żydzik-Białek},
  journal={Annals of Microbiology},
  year={2013},
  volume={64},
  pages={799 - 808}
}
The objective of this study was to assess biological colonization of wooden and brick buildings in the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp, and to identify the organisms colonizing the examined buildings. Microbiological analysis did not reveal increased microbial activity, and the total microbial count of the barrack surfaces did not exceed 103 CFU/100 cm2. However, certain symptoms of biodegradation of the buildings were observed. The predominant microflora consisted of bacteria… 
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