York Science & Innovation Grand Tour May - Sept 2012

Sponsored by Aviva

01 Blake Street

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Shells of pollen and spores can help preserve and deliver medicines, food supplements and cosmetics, enabled by patented Sporomex technology.

Nutrient and genetic materials inside plant spores or pollens are removed by simple chemical or enzyme processes, to produce porous, inert, elastic microshells that Sporomex refills with active ingredients. These micro-shells mask unpleasant tastes and have anti-oxidant and UV protective properties, which preserve the filling material until it is released. Image photo by Lisa Blackwell.

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Image references:
Fig 1 is a confocal microscope image of a plant spore (Lycopodium clavatum) shell filled with a green dye.
Fig 2 is a confocal microscope image of plant spore (Lycopodium clavatum) shells filled with a an omega-3 oil showing some oil both on the inside of the exine and some that has been squeezed out under pressure.
Fig 3 is a scanning electron microscope image of plant spore (Lycopodium clavatum) shells that we use for microencapsulation of materials such as omega-3 oils to protect them against air and light.
Fig 4 is a scanning electron microscope image of one side of a plant spore (Lycopodium clavatum) shell that we use for microencapsulation of materials such as omega-3 oils.to protect them against air and light.

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