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Plants and UV-B : Responses to Environmental Change - Peter Lumsden

Plants and UV-B

Responses to Environmental Change

By: Peter Lumsden (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521572224
Number Of Pages: 376

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One of the predicted consequences of the depletion of stratospheric ozone is an increase in the amount of ultraviolet light reaching the surface of the earth, in particular UV-B (320-280nm). Although the real effects are as yet unknown, this change in radiation could have profound consequences for plant growth and productivity. The need for information concerning the relationship between plants and UV-B is therefore pressing. This volume brings together authoritative contributions from leading experts in UV-B/plant studies and is unique in considering interactions at various scales, ranging from the level of the cell through to the level of the community. Information concerning ozone depletion and physical aspects of UV-B radiation complements the biological information to provide a thorough and comprehensive review of the present status of knowledge.

' The collection of papers presented is an excellent choice, covering a broad range of work. The range of approaches, from biochemical and cellular studies to discussion of ecological effects, represents the best of a modern, integrative approach to biology. Plants and UV-B is a fascinating volume, as much for its ability to highlight the gaps in current knowledge as for its broad and integrative approach. By raising so many questions, it should serve as a catalyst for future work. I highly recommend it for plant biologists and graduate students who are interested in biochemistry, physiology, ecology, and environmental sciences.' Thomas J. Herbert, Plant Science Bulletin '... a gold mine of ideas for experimental biologists in search of research topics ... the technical content and organization are excellent. Although the book is directed to plant biologists of all persuasions and the geophysicists who monitor ozone and UV-B will likely find much of interest.' BioScience 'I recommend it to the academic libraries across the world as a welcome addition to their collection.' Sagar V. Krupa, Annals of Botany

Preface
The Ozone Layer and UV-B Radiation
Ozone depletion in the Northern Hemisphere
Monitoring changes in UV-B radiation
Action spectra for UV-B effects on plants: monochromatic and polychromatic approaches for analysing plant responses
Effects of UV-B on Plants at the Cellular Level
DNA damage and repair in plants
Genetic analysis of DNA repair mechanisms
Photosynthesis and photoinhibition
UV-B effects on the expression of genes encoding proteins involved in photosynthesis
UV-B perception and signal transduction
Ultraviolet radiation as a stress factor and the role of protective pigments
Effects of UV-B at the Whole Plant and Community Level
Effects of UV-B on aquatic ecosystems
Assessing the impact of UV-B radiation on the growth and yield of field crops
Effects of UV-B radiation on plants from agro-ecosystems and natural ecosystems
Effects on subarctic vegetation of enhanced UV-B radiation
Impacts of elevated UV-B on forest ecosystems
Effects of ultraviolet radiation and elevated CO2 on heathland communities
Alterations in competitive balance
Interactions between trophic levels
Index
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ISBN: 9780521572224
ISBN-10: 0521572223
Series: Society for Experimental Biology Seminar
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 28th August 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.73