The United Nations Scientific Assessment Panel published the quadrennial assessment report on the implementation of the Montreal Protocol. This protocol is an international treaty on the control of ozone-depleting substances. About 99% of those banned substances are phased out. Thus, the ozone layer is predicted to recover over the Atlantic by 2066, over the Arctic by 2045, and by 2040 in the rest of the world. The Montreal Protocol also seems to impact global warming, as it is estimated to reduce the predicted temperature rise by 0.3–0.5°C in the year 2100. The 2022 Assessment Report is available here: Environmental Effects of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion, UV Radiation, and Interactions with Climate Change: 2022 Assessment Report A supplement useful for teaching and popularization of science purposes has also been published: Questions and Answers about the Effects of Ozone Depletion, UV Radiation, and Climate on Humans and the Environment
A Topical Collection on Plant Responses to UV Radiation has been published in Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences. The collection is an outcome of the 4th Network Meeting of UV4Plants, the International Association for Plant UV Research, held in Kraków in July 2022. Eight excellent articles are available at https://link.springer.com/collections/ihgaeidgge
Plant Responses to UV Themed Collection of articles published by Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences A collection of articles on Plant Responses to UV contributed by UV4Plants members and edited by Gareth Jenkins has now been published. It can be accessed at the journal’s web site. The collection is based substantially on presentations given at the 2018 Network Meeting of UV4Plants in Bled and includes the wide-ranging perspective article coordinated by Matthew Robson that was based on workshop discussions at the meeting. The collection highlights the breadth of research being undertaken by UV4Plants members to understand how plants respond to UV radiation in the environment. Some articles focus on the mechanisms of UV perception and the consequent regulation of gene expression and downstream responses, while others are concerned with ecological perspectives and applications in crop production. Some additional articles that have not yet completed the review and revision process can still be added to the collection when they are accepted.
An article, titled “A perspective on ecologically relevant plant-UV research and its practical application”, to be included in the PPS special issue, has been published on-line. It originated on discussions at the second UV4Plants Network meeting held in Bled last year, but writing and editing continued for several months. The article has been published under open access and is available through PPS’ web site. The graphical and text abstracts are reproduced below. The article has been published under open access and is available through PPS’ web site.
A group of 21 plant UV-researchers came together on June 27 and 28, 2017 for a discussion-intensive workshop at Czech Globe in the south Moravian town of Brno in the Czech Republic. The workshop was organised by Drs. Otmar Urban (Czech Globe, Czech Republic) and Marcel Jansen (University College Cork, Ireland). The workshop brought together plant scientists with an interest in cross-talk between UV-B and other environmental drivers.