Interaction of UV-A, UV-B, and Visible Radiation on Growth, Composition, and Photosynthetic Activity in Radish Seedlings

  • W. Iwanzik
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 8)


Radish (Raphanus sativus L., cv. Saxa Treib) seedlings were continuously irradiated in a factorial design with UV-A, UV-B, and visible radiation. Plant growth, measured in terms of changes in fresh weight, was markedly reduced in all treatments where UV-B radiation was present, and especially when unfiltered radiation was employed, allowing small amounts of UV-C radiation to reach the plants. Simultaneously applied UV-A radiation did not improve growth: whereas the addition of white light to UV-A and UV-B radiation increased fresh weight. Anthocyanin and flavonoid production were affected in an opposite manner to fresh weight. UV-A radiation was not effective in inducing anthocyanin and flavonoid biosynthesis; whereas UV-B radiation produced increasing amounts of these pigments with increasing UV-B irradiance. The induction of flavonoid synthesis seemed to be more sensitive to UV-B radiation than that of anthocyanins. Soluble proteins were similarly affected.

Photosynthetic activity, measured in terms of variable fluorescence, was decreased by UV-B radiation; whereas UV-A radiation had no effect. The concentration of photosynthetic pigments (chlorophylls and carotenoids), however, was not affected by any of the treatments with UV-B radiation, suggesting that the primary photochemistry of chloroplasts was influenced by UV-B radiation.

It is concluded from the results in this study that UV-A radiation neither attenuates nor amplifies the UV-B-induced effects.


Photosynthetically Active Radiation Spectral Energy Distribution Variable Fluorescence Radish Seedling Radish Cotyledon 
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  • W. Iwanzik
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  1. 1.Universität KarlsruheFederal Republic of Germany

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