This project proposed the study of resistance to ionizing radiation of algae and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii genetic mutants that accumulate various quantities of macular pigments in the eyespots. The extracts of eyespots were immobilized in alginate (salt from alginic acid) and their antioxidant effects were evaluated for future nutrition programs in space. These immobilized matrices were analyzed by means of X-ray (powder X-ray diffraction, XRD) to study the relationship between organization and functionality of the eyespots.

Moreover Biosensor Srl has been involved in space projects in collaboration with ASI-ESA and NASA.