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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.

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Projekt 2011 2018

Publikationer 2010 2019

Changes in leaf functional traits of rainforest canopy trees associated with an El Nino event in Borneo

Nunes, M. H., Both, S., Bongalov, B., Brelsford, C., Khoury, S., Burslem, D. F. R. P., Philipson, C., Majalap, N., Riutta, T., Coomes, D. A. & Cutler, M. E. J., aug 2019, I : Environmental Research Letters. 14, 8, 13 s., 085005.

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Öppen tillgång

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, I : Tree Physiology. 39, 1, s. 64–75 tpy084.

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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, I : Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 134, s. 1-8 8 s.

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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, I : Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences. 18, 3, s. 681-716 36 s.

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Aktiviteter 2004 2018

Ctr Bordeaux Aquitaine, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), INRA, ISPA, UMR 1391

T Matthew Robson (Besökande forskare)
7 aug 201817 aug 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för besök till extern institutionAkademisk besök på annan institution

Teaching and Organisation of Training School in UV Plant Photobiology

T Matthew Robson (Lärare), Pedro J. Aphalo (Lärare), Twinkle Solanki (Deltagare)
13 apr 201815 apr 2018

Aktivitet: Andra aktivitetstyperTyper av övriga aktiviteter - Extern undervisning och koordinering av ämne

Alexandra Burgess

T Matthew Robson (Värd)
18 jun 201823 jun 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för att vara värd för en besökareAkademiskt besök på HU

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP)

T Matthew Robson (Närvarande)
12 feb 201821 feb 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

GreenTech Horticultures Forefront

T Matthew Robson (Närvarande)
12 jun 201814 jun 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium