Some observations on the damage to timbers and wooden articles in cultural properties by insects in Italy
The damage to cultural properties by insects, especially of wooden material, is a serious problem in Italy. We have carried out a preliminary investigation concerning the most widely distributed and dangerous insects damaging timbers and wooden articles in cultural properties. Up to now the investigation has been carried out in Toscana, Lazio and Emilia Romagna and has concerned some collections of particular artistic or historic value and certain structural and sculptured timbers in some churches and historic buildings. The insects found damaging the wood in the cultural properties belong to the Cerambycidae, Anobiidae and Curculionidae.
Keywords: INSECTS; ITALY; CULTURAL PROPERTIES; FURNITURE; ANOBIIDAE; CERAMBYCIDAE; CURCULIONIDAE; OLD TIMBERS; MUSEUM ARTEFACTS