Mold growth may affect delicate instruments in several ways, apart from mere disfigurement of fabric, leather, etc. Corrosion of metal may be encouraged by organic acids formed by mold fungi. Mold growth may cause failure of electrical instruments by destruction of insulating materials. Even glass can be affected, mold growth on polished lenses leading to permanent etching of the surface.
Proper packaging and protection of sensitive equipment, as well as labeling and handling instructions, are essential to minimize damages from rough handling and condensation. See also IMDG Code & US CFR.
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