University of Maryland

Dr. Joseph Sullivan (University of Maryland) and Dr. Stephen Britz (USDA Food Components and Health Lab, Beltsville, MD) conducted numerous field, greenhouse and growth chamber studies over the past eight years to determine responses of plants to UV-B radiation. A primary goal of their research was to understand the dose response (e.g., total energy absorbed) and wavelength response (e.g., impact of specific components of the solar spectrum) of plants in terms of damage, and the induction of protective mechanisms by sunlight. These studies, which are focused on important agricultural (e.g., soybean and barley) and forest (e.g., loblolly pine and hybrid poplar) species, utilized the high resolution UV data provided by UVMRP.

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