Book: UV-B Radiation and Plant Life

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The new book “UV-B Radiation and Plant Life: Molecular Biology to Ecology” edited by Brian Jordan is about to be published by CABI with contributions by several UV4Plants members. Source: UV-B Radiation and Plant Life: Molecular Biology to Ecology at CABI’s website. The publisher’s blurb: Ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B) has profound effects on plant growth and development, and exposure varies with ozone depletion and across geographic regions, with ecosystem and agricultural consequences. This book deals with large-scale impacts but also how UV-B affects plants at the molecular level is also fascinating, and the UV-B photoreceptor has only recently been characterised. While UV-B radiation can be damaging, it also has a more positive role in plant photomorphogenesis. Consequently UV-B treatments are being developed as innovative approaches to improve horticulture. This book is a timely synthesis of what we know and need to know about UV-B radiation and plants.  Table of contents  Part 1: The UV-B Environment 1: Towards an Understanding of the Implications of Changing Stratospheric Ozone, Climate and UV Radiation 2: Quantification of UV Radiation 3: UV Radiation and Terrestrial Ecosystems: Emerging Perspectives Part 2: UV-B Induced Changes to Plant Physiology, Morphology and Secondary Metabolism 4: UV-B Changes in Secondary Plant Metabolites 5: UV-B…

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New Book: Exploring Ultraviolet Photography

A book has been recently published, which looks very useful for anybody with an interest in UV photography. It is brief, and explanations clear, but thorough about technical details. Lot of good practical advice is provided, and in the final chapter examples of different applications of UV photography are given. I haven’t yet finished reading it, but what I have read I have liked. I proper review will be published in the Bulletin. Prutchi, David (2017) Exploring Ultraviolet Photography: Bee Vision, Forensic Imaging, and Other Near-Ultraviolet Adventures with Your DSLR. Buffalo, N.Y.: Amherst Media, Inc. 127 pages. ISBN13 9781682031247. Price: 31,70 € at Book Depository and 37.95 USD (today at 24.11 USD) at Amazon US. And a booklet from 70 years ago from Kodak, costing originally 0.25 USD. Some interesting examples of the use of UV photography, and UV-excited fluorescence images are shown. Kodak (1947) Kodak Data Book on Infrared and Ultraviolet Photography. 2nd edition. Rochester, N.Y.: Eastman Kodak Co. 40 pages. Available at the Internet Archive.

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The second handbook is taking shape

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!  

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