The Effects of UV-B Irradiation on Higher Plants

  • M. Tevini
  • W. Iwanzik
  • U. Thoma
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


Recently it has been established that chlorofluoromethanes and other gases cause a reduction of the ozone layer. Measurements by several groups predicted a reduction of between 7.5% (NAS 1976) and more recently 16% (NAS 1979). As a consequence, a displacement of the solar spectrum to shorter wavelengths and increased intensity in the UV-B waveband (280–320 nm) are to be expected. Additionally, the intensity of the UV-B reaching the earth depends on several other parameters, e.g., position of sun, season, geographical location, height above sea level, etc., so that calculations are only valid for one particular place.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Tevini
    • 1
  • W. Iwanzik
    • 1
  • U. Thoma
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanical Institute IIUniversity of KarlsruheGermany

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