Mississippi State University

Dr. K. Raja Reddy directs a group of researchers concerned with several pheno-menological, growth, and physiological parameters influenced by UV-B radiation and other environmental factors. Studies of how UV-B and heat affect plants have been conducted so that cultivars better suited to high-temperature and high UV-B environments can be produced by breeders. Quantitative data on various growth and developmental processes were measured, and algorithms were developed for those processes. Ultraviolet radiation effect modules of crop growth under climate stress scenarios, such as higher temperatures and elevated CO2 concentrations, have also been produced to incorporate the effects into models assessing the impact of climate change to assist producers and policy decision managers.

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