Pages at the site had recently been loading very slowly. While trying to find the cause of the problem I switched to a simpler newer theme. Performance is now back to normal, although the problem may have been a link to a non-responding RSS feed rather than with the theme. I will not reinstall the previous theme, as it does not seem to be receiving updates to track updates to WordPress itself. In the next few days I will work on making the site visually more engaging. Ideas are welcome!
On-line manuscript management system http://www.uv4plants.org/ojs We have set up an an on-line manuscript submission, reviewing and publication system for the UV4Plants Bulletin. It uses Open Journal Systems installed in our own server. This will provide several improvements to our work flow and visibility.
A preprint of a new handbook titled R for Photobiology is now available. Only a few pages are based on Beyond the Visible, the handbook produced during COST Action FA0906 UV4growth. Everything else is new material. As authors we have decided to publish it before it is finished, so that we can make changes and additions based on your comments. It is available through Leanpub. For dowloading the PDF, whether you decide to pay for it or not, you will have to register as user of the Leanpub the site. You will only receive an occasional message from the authors of the book you have downloaded when a significant update to the books become available. And you will be able to opt-out from receiving them. Hoping that you will find the handbook useful, and looking forward to your suggestions for improvements!
The site The Conversation has published a post by Nigel Paul, titled Why don’t plants get sunburn? Nigel Paul’s piece is written with the general public in mind and gives a simple but up-to-date account of the progress in UV and plants research during the last 30 years or so. Highly recommended.
Conference at Pécs We enjoyed a very successful first UV4Plants conference at Pécs, Hungary. Sixty four persons from 18 countries participated, with very many interesting talks, posters, and discussions. Photographs are available in a gallery page. The book of abstracts is available as a pdf file. General Assembly held at Pécs The minutes from the General Assembly are also available as a pdf file. The rules were amended by the General Assembly, and the updated version has replaced the one drafted in 2014. Some members from the previous Management Group plus new members were elected for a two-year term. The newly elected president and vice president are Prof. Gareth Jenkins and Prof. Éva Hideg. Training School at Pécs The two-days long training school was attended by nearly 30 young researchers. The training school was organized following the tradition of those earlier organized by the UV4growth COST action. Photographs are available in a gallery page. UV4Plants Bulletin Both whole issues, and the articles contained in them have now been assigned DOIs and are available through our repository. Anybody with a DOI for an article in our Bulletin can download its PDF as they have open access. The PDFs and DOIs are available at the UV4Plants Bulletin…