New family of fungi threatens a UNESCO-listed 8-century-old cathedral in Portugal

New family of fungi threatens a UNESCO-listed 8-century-old cathedral in Portugal

A peculiar fungus was retrieved from an artwork in the Old Cathedral of Coimbra, Portugal during a multi-disciplinary scientific survey. The organism was found to belong to the group of microcolonial black fungi, which are infamous amongst conservationists and biologists who care for historic monuments. They cause significant biodeterioration to stone monuments due to their successful adaptation to hostile environmental conditions.

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