Molecules have been found by researchers in Chile in two species of Antarctic flowers that protect plants from solar radiation and potentially could be used in products like sunscreen for humans and the protection of vulnerable crops.
In line with the British Antarctic Survey, these are the only two flowering plants seen in the northern polar area, growing around its temperate edges. But their range is increasing, the researchers stated.
The university is looking for commercial partners to develop spin-off products in the study, he said.
“For instance, to get a crop that does not tolerate increasing levels of radiation, that genetic info could be utilized to generate the plant respond much better.”
Organic sunscreens or lotions might also be developed integrating the molecules to protect skin from damage from ultraviolet radiation, he added.