UV4Pigments – From Invisible to Colourful: Interactions of Plant Pigments and UV Light

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The workshop ‘UV4Pigments – From Invisible to Colourful: Interactions of Plant Pigments and UV Light’ was held and successfully completed on 17-18 April 2023, at Szekszárd Hungary.

The Workshop was organized by The International Association of Plant UV Research UV4Plants, with the UV Photobiology Research Team of the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Pécs as local organizers. There were 32 participants, including 15 early-stage researchers; representing 14 laboratories.

Most delegates arrived Sunday, on the 16th of April and informal discussions have already started during dinner. The official program started Monday morning and lasted for two full days. There were 27 talks, including 7 short presentations from early-stage researchers, who presented the results of pilot experiments or thesis plans. Topics highlighted the role of pigments in acclimation to changing environments in a variety of organisms: vascular plants, bryophytes, and thallophytes; showed the potential of UV to modify pigment patterns both indoors and outdoors. Two group discussions were held, a short one on technical aspects of plant UV measurements, and an extended one on future joint experiments. Delegates agreed on the importance of UV as a tool to create healthier, more nutritious edible plants in indoor growth systems. Informal discussions continued during tea- and lunch breaks and several new collaborations were decided on. A special merit of the event was to bring new members to UV4Plants.

The workshop ended with a closing dinner on the 18th of May, which gave the chance to discuss the results of the organoleptic evaluation of polyphenol-rich grapevine extracts, a.k.a. wine-tasting.

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