I know I can use bleach to kill most of the spores that live on my walls. I know I have to keep humidity below a certain level and temperature above another to prevent the spread of mold. I have read tons of websites on how to treat 'wall infestations'.
It's the mold that affects my books that worries me the most. Especially now that I've discovered a very enticing market for used books. You can find bargains but sometimes the books smell "of mold".
I would like to know more about the kind of molds (and/or fungi or other bio-monsters) that usually feast on paper. The paper that makes the pages of a book.
Can someone point me to any kind of resource with answers to the following questions?
- What are the most common biological causes of page deterioration? 1b. Can they be identified without lab instrumentation?
- Can they spread from one book to another, and if yes how and how fast?
- Can they be neutralized in some way (stopping the spread), or should one just burn the moldy books to avoid contagion?
I seek knowledge to protect knowledge.