Moss: The next anti-pollution wonder ingredient?

Bernhard Henes, Fred Zülli, Holger Niederkrüger, Andreas Schaaf, Thomas Frischmuth, Eva L Decker and Ralf Reski explain how biotechnology is being used to unlock moss for new active cosmetic ingredients

Mosses have great potential as cosmetic ingredients, but have been largely neglected by the industry until now, mainly due to sustainable sourcing problems.

In collaboration with the University of Freiburg and Greenovation Biotech, Mibelle Biochemistry now has access to this whole new plant division, produced in the laboratory.

For the first time our technology will enable the cosmetics industry to formulate moss-derived ingredients into their products in a commercially feasible and sustainable way.

About 470 million years ago non-vascular land plants conquered the earth[1] – among them were the bryophytes, comprised of hornworts, liverworts and mosses. Mosses are eukaryotic plants.

Compared with higher plants, they have no flowers, roots or vascular tissues. Mosses can be found not only in forests, but also in places where higher plants cannot survive due to temperature, altitude or the lack of soil, for example in the hot desert, in cold areas such as the tundra, in mountains 6,000m above sea level, on stones and even in cities on stone-flagged streets.

Besides their resilience against direct sunlight, heat, cold and frost, they also possess distinct . . .

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