Integrated Pest Management
Museum collections are constantly at risk from biogenic contamination. An infestation is often not detected for some time, resulting in damage to the material’s substance and even the irreversible destruction of objects. Since 2009, the Rathgen-Forschungslabor has been working on a long-term project to further develop and implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to protect the collections at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and other institutions within the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz. IPM focuses on prevention, firstly, through high-resolution monitoring of potentially harmful organisms, secondly, by altering the direct and indirect environment of the object and, only in the third phase, by deploying specific measures to treat an infested object. At present, the Rathgen-Forschungslabor is working together with staff at the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin and the Georgian National Museums in Tbilisi to develop an IPM programme.
Project partner: Collections and archives of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz