UV-B Radiation and Plant Life

Molecular Biology to Ecology

Edited by Brian R. Jordan
November 2017
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  • Published
    16th November 2017
  • ISBN 9781780648590
  • Language English
  • Pages 200 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"
  • Images figures

Ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B) has profound effects on plant growth and development, and exposure varies with ozone depletion across geographic regions with ecosystem and agricultural consequences. This book deals with large-scale impacts and how UV-B affects plants at the molecular level. While UV-B radiation can be damaging, it also has a more positive role in plant photomorphogenesis. Consequently, UV-B treatments are being developed as innovative approaches to improve horticulture. This book is a timely synthesis of what we know and need to know about UV-B radiation and plants.

Part 1: The UV-B Environment
1: Towards an Understanding of the Implications of Changing Stratospheric Ozone, Climate and UV Radiation
2: Quantification of UV Radiation
3: UV Radiation and Terrestrial Ecosystems: Emerging Perspectives

Part 2: UV-B Induced Changes to Plant Physiology, Morphology and Secondary Metabolism
4: UV-B Changes in Secondary Plant Metabolites
5: UV-B Induced Morphological Changes – an Enigma
6: Plant Responses to Fluctuating UV Environments

Part 3: The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of UV-B responses
7: The Effects of UV-B on the Biochemistry and Metabolism of Plants
8: Discovery and Characterization of the UV-B Photoreceptor UVR8
9: UV-B Signal Transduction from Photoperception to Response

Part 4: UV-B Impact on Agriculture and Horticulture
10: The Effects of Ultraviolet-B on Vitis vinifera – How Important is UV-B for Grape Biochemical Composition?
11: Turning UV Photobiology into an Agricultural Reality

Brian R. Jordan

Brian R. Jordan is Professor of Plant Biotechnology at Lincoln University, New Zealand and has over 30 years of experience in plant biochemistry and molecular biology. Professor Jordan was a scientist at Horticulture Research International, UK for 14 years and during that time carried out research at the Carnegie Institute, Stanford University, North Carolina State University, and CSIRO Canberra, Australia. Throughout his research career, he has focused on how light regulates plant growth and development. In particular, he has made a major contribution to understanding the molecular responses of plants to ultraviolet radiation.