Distribution and characterization of recrystallization inhibitor activity in plant and lichen species from the UK and maritime Antarctic.

@article{Doucet2000DistributionAC,
  title={Distribution and characterization of recrystallization inhibitor activity in plant and lichen species from the UK and maritime Antarctic.},
  author={Charlotte J Doucet and Louise Byass and Luisa Elias and Dawn Worrall and Maggie Smallwood and Dianna J. Bowles},
  journal={Cryobiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={40 3},
  pages={218-27}
}
Extracts from a range of evolutionarily diverse plant and lichen species from the UK and maritime Antarctic have been assayed for inhibition of ice recrystallization. Approximately 25% of overwintering UK species and all Antarctic species exhibited antifreeze activity when exposed to low temperature. Preliminary characterization of the active extracts has demonstrated that the molecules co-opted to antifreeze activity by different species are biochemically diverse. 

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