Fluffy Fiends: A Foray Into Fungal Foes Affecting Art


The Fluffy Fiends Team is an interdisciplinary project that seeks to identify a variety of molds found in pigments and private artwork using science and collections management tools.

Their process includes gathering swab samples of mold from art objects, cultivating the fungi in a laboratory, identifying the species of fungi using modern molecular biology techniques, and conducting a correlation analysis. This approach delves into the study of microorganisms, its growth, and the conditions that allow them to thrive.  ⁣