Young seedlings are susceptible to UV radiation. If exposure is survived, there can be lasting effects that adversely affect seed germination, attenuate the growth seedlings, and even affect the "next generation" in terms of seed set and viability. Responses to UV-B can cause noticeable effects in different varieties of soybean.

The young developing leaves are particularly vulnerable to UV-B radiation. Pigment accumulation may be directly dependent upon Phe in response to various wavelengths.

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