Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 383–390

Research advances on the biological effects of elevated ultraviolet-B radiation on terrestrial plants

  • Jia-bing Wu
  • De-xin Guan
  • Feng-hui Yuan
  • Xin-jian Zhang
Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11676-009-0066-3

Cite this article as:
Wu, J., Guan, D., Yuan, F. et al. Journal of Forestry Research (2009) 20: 383. doi:10.1007/s11676-009-0066-3

Abstract

This review describes the effects of ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation on plant growth and development, photosynthesis and photosynthetic pigments and UV-B absorbing compounds. Moreover, plant ecosystem level responses to elevated UV-B radiation and interactions of UV-B radiation with abiotic and biotic factors were also involved. Results collected in this review suggest that approximately two-thirds terrestrial plant species are significantly affected by increase in UV-B radiation. The majority of evidences indicate that elevated UV-B radiation is usually detrimental but there exists tremendous variability in the sensitivity of species to UV-B radiation, and sensitivity also differs among cultivars of the same species.

Keywords

ultraviolet radiation ozone depletion photosynthesis environment stress 

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© Northeast Forestry University and Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jia-bing Wu
    • 1
  • De-xin Guan
    • 1
  • Feng-hui Yuan
    • 1
  • Xin-jian Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied EcologyChinese Academy of SciencesShenyangP. R. China

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