5th Network Meeting of the UV4Plants Association, 20. – 22. March 2024, Goettingen, Germany.

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to share that the 5th Network Meeting of the UV4Plants Association will be held from 20. – 22. March 2024 in Goettingen, Germany.

For early-stage researchers, a training school will be organized before the meeting from 18 – 19 March 2024.

For more details, please follow the First Circular here.

For the local organizing committee

Prof. Dr. Susanne Neugart

Dr. Tobias Pöhnl

Dr. Layla Engelhardt

 For the UV4Plants Association

Prof. Gareth I. Jenkins, President


New report of the United Nations Scientific Assessment Panel

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

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

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.