Plant Ecology

, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp 79–92

Outdoor supplementation systems for studies of the effects of increased UV-B radiation

  • A.R. McLeod

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009794427697

Cite this article as:
McLeod, A. Plant Ecology (1997) 128: 79. doi:10.1023/A:1009794427697


Studies of the effects of increases in ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation on plants and terrestrial ecosystems have been undertaken using a variety of methods including: controlled-environment cabinets, glasshouses, outdoor filtration and outdoor supplementation using fluorescent UV-B lamps. Outdoor supplementation systems provide a method of study which creates only small alterations to the microclimate and the number of such studies has increased during the past 3 years. These supplementation systems differ in their methods of operation, equipment, UV-B exposure regime and experimental design. This essay surveys the systems currently developed, considers problems associated with their use and discusses these in relation to the interpretation of biological effects.

Action spectraRadiation amplification factorUltraviolet-B radiationUV-B exposure systems

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A.R. McLeod
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Terrestrial EcologyHuntingdonUK