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possibilities for their consultation or handling.
However, to guarantee long-term preservation
evaluated in order to establish guidelines for
it is also necessary to ensure compliance with
future actions and the whole process was
the recommended environmental standards
documented for internal archiving of the
(Quesada et al. 2011) of relative humidity,
temperature and illumination, as well as to
improve the pest control. Close monitoring will
be essential for the future well-being of the
collections at the MCNB.
From June 2012 to June 2013, 63 specimen
boxes were repaired or replaced. Labels of 732
specimen boxes were changed and 1,145
specimen boxes were cleaned. In 468 specimen
boxes, detached elements of specimens were
collected and placed in small tracing paper
We would like to thank the symposium
packets. Forty-seven boxes included specimens
conveners for inviting us to contribute to this
that needed to be fixed. Insecticide was
special volume. Thanks go to the arthropod
renewed in 1,145 boxes and quarantine was
Collection curators Berta Caballero and Gloria
carried out in 218.
Maso (MCNB) and to Olga Boet, the Chordate
Collection documentalist at the MCNB for her
assistance during the entire project. We also
Museum of Natural History) and an anonymous
The preventive conservation actions taken at
significantly improved an earlier version of the
the MCNB considerably improved the specimen
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