Fungi and Beetles in Buildings on Islands of Baltic Sea (acronym FaBBi)

Project partners:

  • Estonian Open Air Museum – Lead Partner
  • Gotland University – Estonian Mycology Research Centre Foundation
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences

Project goals:

  • Inspection and monitoring of biodeterioration (fungal and beetle damage) of wooden buildings or wooden parts of buildings and development of environment friendly methods for preventing the spread of damage. Altogether, 150 buildings were inspected, 107 of which are situated in Estonia.
  • Monitoring of wood-degrading beetles inhabiting forests on the islands of Ruhnu, Kihnu and Vormsi; finding associations between beetles spreading in buildings and in forests, and their abundance.
  • Fieldwork in wooden cultural heritage buildings on Kizhi Island.
  • Publishing of a manual on fungal and beetle damage.
  • Establishment of a laboratory at the Estonian Mycology Research Centre Foundation for research on fungal and beetle damage to wood.
  • Treatment against fungi and beetles in churches on the islands of Ruhnu and Vormsi, or other similar buildings, and initial strengthening of structures.
  • Inviting top researchers in wood durability and conservation to Estonia and involving them in inspections of historical wooden buildings and wooden elements of buildings in Estonia.
  • Organisation of 35 seminars and training courses for Estonian and Gotland specialists, property owners and other interested people.
  • Making of three educational films (about fungal damage to wood in buildings, beetle damage to wood in buildings, and treatment of wooden structures of buildings).
  • Establishment of a rural architecture research and consultation centre. Compilation of a renovation project for the buildings of Liberty summer manors located in the territory of the Estonian Open Air Museum; planning of the consultation centre and exhibitions.
  • Organisation of an international conference at the Estonian University of Life Sciences on the durability of wooden structures.
  • Publishing of conference proceedings.

Read more on the project website