Sun protection for plants – Plant substances can protect plants against harmful UV radiation
Summer, Heat, Sunburn – An usual combination nowadays. While we are able to protect our skin with sun blocker, plants developed mechanisms to protect themselves against harmful UV radiation. This becomes possible by the production of so-called secondary plant metabolites.The research team of Dr. Alisdair Fernie at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology is analyzing this complex group of substances in detail. They characterized the FPT2 gene corresponding to the production of newly found compounds, which are able to protect plants against damages by UV radiation. Together with their cooperation partners in Japan, the research team characterized these substances in detail. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)
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