The importance and direction of current and future plant-UV research

break-out session discussions at the UV4Plants Network Meeting in Bled (April 15th -18th , 2018)

  • Paul W Barnes Department of Biological Sciences and Environment Program, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
  • Marcel A.K. Jansen School of Biological Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  • Gareth I Jenkins Institute for Molecular Cell and Systems Biology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  • Filip Vandenbussche Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University, KL Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Craig C Brelsford Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Agnieszka Katarzyna Banaś Department of Plant Biotechnology, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387, Krakow, Poland
  • Wolfgang Bilger Botanical Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Olshausenstraße 40, 24098 Kiel, Germany
  • Antonella Castagna Department of Agriculture - Food and Environment, and Interdepartmental Research Center Nutrafood “Nutraceuticals and Food for Health", University of Pisa, via del Boghetto 80, 56124, Pisa, Italy
  • Daniela Festi Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Sternwartestraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Alenka Gaberščik Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikarjeva 101, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia
  • Mateja Germ Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikarjeva 101, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia
  • Aleksandra Golob Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikarjeva 101, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia
  • Laura Llorens Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Girona, Campus Montilivi, Maria Aurèlia Capmany I Farnes 69, 17003, Girona, Spain
  • Marie-Theres Hauser Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • Javier Martinez-Abaigar Faculty of Science and Technology, University of La Rioja, Madre de Dios 53, 26006 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
  • Luis O Morales Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Susanne Neugart Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, 14979 Grossbeeren, Germany
  • Marta Pieristè Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS), University of Helsinki, Finland and Normandie Université, UNIROUEN, Ecodiv URA/EA1293, IRSTEA, FR Scale CNRS 3730, Rouen, France
  • Neha Rai Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Louise Ryan School of Biological Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  • Marco Santin Department of Agriculture - Food and Environment, University of Pisa, via del Boghetto 80, 56124, Pisa, Italy
  • Alistair W.R. Seddon Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Thormøhlensgate 53A, 5006, Bergen, Norway, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Allégaten 70, 5007 Bergen
  • Jana Stelzner Botanical Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Olshausenstraße 40, 24098 Kiel, Germany
  • Eleni Tavridou Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Sciences III, 30 Quai E. Ansermet, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
  • Justyna Łabuz Department of Plant Biotechnology, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387, Krakow, Poland
  • T. Matthew Robson Department of Biosciences, Viikki Plant Science Centre, University of Helsinki
Keywords: UV4Plants



To stimulate how to move the field of plant-UV research forward, and create a coherent framework to highlight valuable future directions in plant UV research we had a group discussion of the most prescient questions and how to address them.

The following sections are broken-down into those from the molecular, biochemical and physiological discussions followed by those from the ecological and plant production discussions. In each case, first basic research questions are considered and then applications and methodological considerations put forward. Finally, some common ground bringing together the two perspectives is proposed, aimed at solving scaling problems and ways in which the UV4Plants network might be put to good use.

Author Biography

T. Matthew Robson, Department of Biosciences, Viikki Plant Science Centre, University of Helsinki

Research Fellow, Academy of Finland


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How to Cite
Barnes, Paul, Marcel Jansen, Gareth Jenkins, Filip Vandenbussche, Craig Brelsford, Agnieszka Katarzyna Banaś, Wolfgang Bilger, Antonella Castagna, Daniela Festi, Alenka Gaberščik, Mateja Germ, Aleksandra Golob, Laura Llorens, Marie-Theres Hauser, Javier Martinez-Abaigar, Luis Morales, Susanne Neugart, Marta Pieristè, Neha Rai, Louise Ryan, Marco Santin, Alistair Seddon, Jana Stelzner, Eleni Tavridou, Justyna Łabuz, and T. Matthew Robson. 2018. “The Importance and Direction of Current and Future Plant-UV Research”. UV4Plants Bulletin 2018 (2), 19-32.