Why plants love UV

Plants thrive on UV, but why? And how can their responses to these high-energy wavelengths of light be used to boost growth and yield?
06 January 2015

Interview with 

Jason Wargent, Massey University Institute of Agriculture & Environment


Plants thrive on UVof skin cancer are up over 100% among young people and this is down to exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays present in sunlight, which damages DNA in the skin. But despite being natural sunbathers, plants don't suffer the same fate; in fact, UV light boosts plant growth, a discovery which could have major commercial advantages, as Dr Jason Wargent, from Massey University Institute of Agriculture and Environment, explains to Simon Morton and Chris Smith...


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