UV-B damage amplified by transposons in maize

@article{Walbot1999UVBDA,
  title={UV-B damage amplified by transposons in maize},
  author={Virginia Walbot},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={397},
  pages={398-399}
}
While absorbing visible light energy for photosynthesis, plants are unavoidably exposed to ultraviolet radiation, which is particularly harmful at shorter wavelengths (UV-B radiation). Ozone depletion in the atmosphere means that plants receive episodic or steadily increasing doses of UV-B, which damages their photosynthetic reaction centres, crosslinks cellular proteins, and induces mutagenic DNA lesions. Plant adaptive mechanisms of shielding and repair are therefore critical to survival… CONTINUE READING

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