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Organization profile

Organisation Profile

Our group studies the response of plants to changes in the spectral composition of radiation, how these signals are processed and received a the level of the leaf and whole plant.

We  place this research in context by considering how the spectral composition of radiation perceived by plants changes depending on their environment.  This can mean studying the different responses of plants in sun and shade, and even refining what we understand by 'shade' through studying how plant canopies evolve over the year and interact with seasonal changes in radiation.

These responses become particularly ecologically relevant when we contextualise them to the other abiotic and biotic interactions that plants experience in the environment. This can involve (1) elucidating the response of plants to combined stress factors, or (2) understanding how plant traits influence community-level processes, or even (3) how changes in the climate may interact with the spectral cues that plants use to trigger phenological development.

The core expertise in our group is in plant physiological ecology. But starting from an ecophysiological perspective, identifying the processes that respond to environmental factors, gives us great interdisciplinary scope to scale up these responses allowing further understanding of plant ecology and biometeorology, and utilising molecular and genomic approaches to link our findings with new knowledge of receptors and signalling pathways.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2011 2018

Publications 2010 2019

Increased root investment can explain the higher survival of seedlings of ‘mesic’ Quercus suber than ‘xeric’ Quercus ilex in sandy soils during a summer drought

Ramírez-Valiente, J-A., Aranda, I., Sanchez-Gomez, D., Rodriguez-Calcerrada, J., Valladares, F. & Robson, T. M., Jan 2019, In : Tree Physiology. 39, 1, p. 64–75 tpy084.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Interactive effects of UV-B radiation in a complex environment

Jansen, M., Bilger, W., Hideg, E., Strid, Å., Urban, O., Aphalo, P. J., Brelsford, C. C., Klem, K., Mátai, A., LLorens, L., Nezval, J., Nybakken, L., Ryan, L., Sharma, A., Schenke, D., Solhaug, K., Spunda, V., Verdaguer, D. & Yan, Y., Jan 2019, In : Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 134, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

Linkages between stratospheric ozone, UV radiation and climate change and their implications for terrestrial ecosystems

Bornman, J. F., Barnes, P. W., Robson, T. M., Robinson, S. A., Jansen, M. A. K., Ballare, C. L. & Flint, S. D., 1 Mar 2019, In : Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences. 18, 3, p. 681-716 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

R for Photobiology: Theory and recipes for common calculations

Aphalo, P. J., Robson, T. M., Albert, A. & Kotilainen, T. K., 2019, Leanpub. 376 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Activities 2004 2018

Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan, Tsukuba

T Matthew Robson (Visiting researcher), Marta Pieristè (Visiting researcher)
18 Jul 201829 Jul 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Alexandra Burgess

T Matthew Robson (Host)
18 Jun 201823 Jun 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Highlights and talking points from the UNEP EEAP 2018

T Matthew Robson (Speaker)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Ljus, ljusmätning och produktkvalitet

Titta Katariina Kotilainen (Speaker)
28 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Teaching and Organisation of Training School in UV Plant Photobiology

T Matthew Robson (Teacher), Pedro J. Aphalo (Teacher), Twinkle Solanki (Participant)
13 Apr 201815 Apr 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination