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COST Action – UV-B radiation: A specific regulator of plant growth and food quality in a changing climate


2010 - 2015

Significant new understanding of UV-B mediated processes in plants has been gained during the last decade. Rather than being a damaging agent, it is now recognized that UV-B radiation is a specific regulator of gene expression, metabolite profiles, and responses to climate change parameters. This COST-Action will generate knowledge on the fundamentals of plant growth, food quality, and plant-environment interactions by integrating nationally and internationally funded research on UV-B mediated regulation of molecular, physiological, metabolic and ecological processes.

Cooperation Partners

University College Cork

Benefits of this Action include the creation of a stimulating research environment that leads to scientific breakthroughs, further research collaborations and funding applications, an interdisciplinary, international training environment for ESR and ER, coordinated uptake of novel technological applications, and development of standardized experimental routines. Outcomes include development of an integrated vision of the role of UV-B in plant growth across a range of organizational levels and natural and agricultural systems, as well as a consolidated, transnational network of experts and the strengthening of ties with potential stakeholders, including researchers, food and feed industries, horticultural and agricultural enterprises, and policy-makers involved in environmental and agronomic management.

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