Effects of UV-B Radiation on Terrestrial Plants

  • Yiannis Manetas
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 52)

Abstract

The purpose of this short review will be to discuss the possible influence that an increase of UV-B radiation above the ambient levels would have on plant life. This Increase originates from anthropogenic activities (emissions of chlorofluorcarbons and nitrogen oxides) resulting in depletion of ozone in the stratosphere. According to recent data, ozone depletion is no longer restricted to the Antarctic, but it is gradually expanding, especially above mid and high latitudes (Stolarski et al., 1992) and indications for increasing UV-B radiation have been reported (Blumthaler and Ambach, 1990). If this excess of UV-B radiation is going to have any effect on plant growth and function, the corresponding ecosystem changes may be already under way.

Keywords

Cellulose Quartz Ozone Glycine Respiration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yiannis Manetas
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Physiology Department of BiologyUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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