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Is provitamin D a UV-B receptor in plants?

  • Lars Olof Björn
  • Ting Wang
Publishing year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 1-1
Publication/Series: Plant Ecology
Volume: 154
Issue: 1-2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

An hypothesis is presented that provitamin D (dehydrocholesterol and/or ergosterol) can act as a UV-B receptor in plants and algae. We also propose that the proportions between provitamins D, previtamins D, and vitamins D (D2 and D3), after calibration, can be used to evaluate UV-B exposure of phytoplankton and terrestrial vegetation.

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  • Biological Sciences


  • ISSN: 1573-5052
Lars Olof Björn
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