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Stratospheric ozone, ultraviolet radiation, and cryptogams

  • Lars Olof Björn
Publishing year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 326-333
Publication/Series: Biological Conservation
Volume: 135
Document type: Journal article review
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

The stratospheric ozone layer, which protects the biosphere from biologically active (mostly harmful) ultraviolet-B (UV-B) solar radiation, thinned during the latter half of the 20th century. In this paper some of the effects of UV-B radiation on cryptogams (cyanobacteria, algae, lichens, mosses, liverworts, pteridophytes and fungi) are reviewed. Effects vary among species, and therefore changes in UV-B radiation may affect species frequencies. Effects also depend on other factors, such as water conditions.


  • Biological Sciences
  • Fungi
  • Lichens
  • Mosses
  • Ozone depletion
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Ferns
  • Algae
  • UV-B


  • Photobiology
  • Photobiology-lup-obsolete
  • ISSN: 1873-2917
Lars Olof Björn
E-mail: lars_olof [dot] bjorn [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Molecular Cell Biology

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