Between conservation and access: implementation of integrated pest management at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan

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Conference Paper


Sonoda, Naoko; Hidaka, Shingo;


Conservation and Access: Contributions to the 2008 IIC Congress, London, p.0-0 (2008)


The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan — Minpaku houses an extensive collection of artifacts from all over the world. The basic method of display is the ‘open display’ system, meaning that most of the exhibits are not presented in cases, and those within visitors’ reach are touchable. Different initiatives have been undertaken to implement integrated pest management (IPM). As a preventive measure, an IPM inspection is performed daily while pest monitoring using insect traps is carried out four times yearly. To analyse the results of the trap investigations, a specially customized computer programme and mapping system were introduced in 2004 and completely revised in 2007. To develop safe control measures, in 2007 a new heating/freezing chamber was constructed and the existing fumigation chamber was improved by changing it into a multi-function chamber that enables non-toxic methods (anoxia with nitrogen, carbon dioxide treatment, and the eventual use of heat) to be used.