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The Case History of an Insect Infestation Revealed Using X-ray Computed Tomography and Implications for Museum Collections Management Decisions

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Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Department of Computer Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Academic Editor: Roberto Scopigno
Heritage 2021, 4(3), 1016-1025; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4030056
Received: 9 May 2021 / Revised: 11 June 2021 / Accepted: 16 June 2021 / Published: 22 June 2021
The protection of cultural heritage and property is a significant and critical task that requires collaboration and expertise in a variety of disciplines. Of the many risk factors, insect infestation is one cause of deterioration and loss. At a large, state university, disparate departments, ranging from Facilities Management to the Entomology Department and Veterinary Medicine, assisted the university museum in identifying a drywood termite infestation, determining the extent of loss and developing a plan to prevent or mitigate future infestations. Our group was able to determine the extent and severity of a drywood termite infestation in the museum storage vault through visual inspection and X-ray computed tomography (CT). This paper describes the process and heuristics of identifying and estimating the amount of active/inactive termite infestations in the art frames as well as visualizing a 3-dimensional structure to learn the extent of infestation. This interdisciplinary collaboration and effectual use of tomography enabled our group to determine the condition of several art frames through non-invasive means and develop a plan of action to identify and prevent future insect incursions within the museum. View Full-Text
Keywords: termite; infestation; art frame collections; museology; 3D reconstruction; volume estimation; X-ray tomography termite; infestation; art frame collections; museology; 3D reconstruction; volume estimation; X-ray tomography
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Arbat, S.; Forschler, B.T.; Mondi, A.M.; Sharma, A. The Case History of an Insect Infestation Revealed Using X-ray Computed Tomography and Implications for Museum Collections Management Decisions. Heritage 2021, 4, 1016-1025. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4030056

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Arbat S, Forschler BT, Mondi AM, Sharma A. The Case History of an Insect Infestation Revealed Using X-ray Computed Tomography and Implications for Museum Collections Management Decisions. Heritage. 2021; 4(3):1016-1025. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4030056

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Arbat, Shivani, Brian T. Forschler, Annelies M. Mondi, and Ajay Sharma. 2021. "The Case History of an Insect Infestation Revealed Using X-ray Computed Tomography and Implications for Museum Collections Management Decisions" Heritage 4, no. 3: 1016-1025. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4030056

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