Dr. Mitchell included the following in his final report’s introduction:
“Outdoor metals are highly susceptible to corrosion in many environments. Consequently, organic coatings are widely used to protect the metals from the processes of corrosion” (citation 1; see final report download below for more information).
“The effect of microbial biofilms can frequently be seen on organically coated metals.”
“Many studies have examined the effectiveness of various coatings from the protection of metals, but few have addressed the microbial degradation of these coatings. In this study, we have examined the susceptibility of two coatings, Inralac and Beeswax, to biodeterioration by microorganisms.”