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close this book Prevention and treatment of mold in library collections with an emphasis on tropical climates: A RAMP study
close this folder 3. Implications for library materials
close this folder 3.2 Environmental factors
View the document 3.2.1 Circulation
View the document 3.2.2 Relative humidity
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3.2 Environmental factors

The five critical environmental factors for the growth and development of mold in library collections are:

- The presence of mold spores

- A source of nutrients

- Adequate moisture

- Suitable temperature for a particular variety of mold.

- Limited air circulation

It is obvious that the first two factors are completely beyond the control of librarians. The presence of spores and the source of nutrients are a given in library collections. Only the last three factors can be manipulated or controlled in order to prevent the occurance of mold growth.