Crops to be checked for UV damage
Friday 16 April 1993
By 2000, the levels of UV radiation reaching the ground could be 33 per cent higher than in 1980. According to Dr Brian Jordan, from Horticulture Research International, Littlehampton, UV light can harm crop yields, particularly pea plants and other legumes. He said to protect themselves peas depress normal photosynthesis and make protective pigments.
There was a possibility that - in the laboratory at least - genetic engineering might make it possible to insert extra copies of protective genes into plants to enhance resistance to UV light.
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