Effects of UV Radiation on Phytoplankton

  • Donat-P. Häder
Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE, volume 15)


Ozone is distributed throughout the atmosphere with its highest concentration in the stratosphere between about 15–40 km. Both its production and breakdown are powered by solar ultraviolet radiation, though at different wavelengths. The cycle of generation and destruction keeps the concentration constant, but on an extremely low level: If compressed under atmospheric pressure, the total ozone layer would be on the order of a few millimeters thick. Therefore, gaseous pollutants such as chlorinated fluorocarbons (CFCs) can effectively decrease ozone density, even though they are emitted in relatively small amounts (about 1 million tons per year).


Solar Radiation Ultraviolet Radiation Ozone Depletion Stratospheric Ozone Euglena Gracilis 
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  • Donat-P. Häder
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  1. 1.Institut für Botanik und Pharmazeutische BiologieFriedrich-Alexander-UniversitätErlangenGermany

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