MAGIC AMONG THE MOSS
Your roof could harbour a minor miracle…
The ‘moss pigs’ on your house or garage roof have a remarkable secret: cryptobiosis. This is the ability to shut down when conditions become too toxic, dry, hot or cold. Tardigrades are masters at this and can slow down their metabolism
until it’s barely ticking over. This is accompanied by an ability to lose over 99 per cent of their water. In any other creature, this would cause irreparable cell damage. But not so for our moss pigs. Within their cells, they form a kind of ‘bioglass’ – a protein that protects the integrity of the cells.