Fungal outbreak in a show cave

Año Publicación:  2010
Responsable: V. Jurado et al.
Journal, Volumen y páginas:
Science of The Total Environment; 408(17): 3632-8


V. Jurado, E. Porca, S. Cuezva, A. Fernandez-Cortes, S. Sanchez-Moral & C. Saiz-Jimenez


Castañar de Ibor Cave (Spain) was discovered in 1967 and declared a Natural Monument in 1997. In 2003 the cave was opened to public visits. Despite of extensive control, on 26 August 2008 the cave walls and sediments appeared colonized by long, white fungal mycelia. This event was the result of an accidental input of detritus on the afternoon of 24 August 2008. We report here a fungal outbreak initiated by Mucor circinelloides and Fusarium solani and the methods used to control it.

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