It is high time for a summary of the 4th Network Meeting of the UV4Plants Association. The conference took place in Kraków, Poland from the 3rd to the 6th of July. It was organized at the Jagiellonian University by Justyna łabuz, Agnieszka Katarzyna Banaś, and Wojciech Strzałka. 60 scientists from 14 European countries and South and North Americas at the different stages of their scientific careers had an opportunity to exchange and share their experiences and results on different aspects of UV radiation.
The participants had an opportunity to hear 24 talks grouped into six sessions, concentrating on topics related to plant adaptation and acclimation, UV light under natural conditions, different aspects of UVR8, and other photoreceptor signaling or UV-induced DNA damage and repair. The last session focused on practical applications of UV radiation. 26 posters were presented during the conference. Two of them were distinguished with prices founded by Agrisera and UV4Plants Association. The first award went to Neha Rai from the University of Geneva, Switzerland who presented a very interesting poster about “The UV-B photoreceptor mediated transcriptional regulation”. The second awardee was Gyula Czégény from the University of Pécs, Hungary who presented his work entitled “UVR8 mutation affects acclimative responses of plants developed under different environmental UV conditions”.
Young scientists and new UV4Plants Members had an opportunity to participate in the UV4Plants Training School preceding the conference. Among numerous topics, the school participants were supported in the proper design of UV-plant experiments and the practical part containing measurements of UV radiation and chlorophyll fluorescence. During the UV4Plants General Meeting, the current and future activities and plans of the Association were discussed. Please refer to the Minutes of General Meeting UV4Plants Association 2022 for further details. Neha Rai has been selected as the young scientist representative for the UV4Plants Managing Committee. The meetings provided an opportunity to meet in person, conduct lively discussions, and network. Thank you for coming!