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Plant Reproduction and Ultraviolet Radiation

Paul Stewart stewart at bud.peinet.pe.ca
Sat Jul 1 09:44:15 EST 1995

In article <1995Jun27.222351.1552 at news.etc.bc.ca> sweirich at cln.etc.bc.ca (Sophie Weirich) writes:
>My name is Sophie Weirich.  I am doing research on the effects of 
>ultraviolet radiation on plant reproduction.  If you have any information 
>on this topic please contact me.

Hi Sophie:
	I have a small tissue culture lab in my house, used right now for 
establishing local medicinal and rare herbs. In my folklore end of info 
searching, I have come across a few mentions of horse chestnut being used 
as a sun block by Native North Americans. I believe it was a paste made 
of the ground leaves and nuts. I have done a UV absorption scan on a 
clarified extract of some leaves, and found a trough in the UV region. 
Just mentioning this in case this is a general phenomenon in trees or 
whatever. Good luck.

ABIOGEN c/o Paul Stewart
Prince Edward Island
CANADA  <stewart at cycor.ca>

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