Research on the influence of ultraviolet radiation (UV) on terrestrial plants and on its link with other influencing environmental factors requires information on UV exposures, both for a horizontal plane and specific portions of a plant, above and under the canopy. In this research, one set of UV dosimeters based on unstabilized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) were employed to measure the unweighted UVB (UVB) and the biologically effective UV radiation for plant damage (UVBEplant) incident on the leaves of a plant for a month, without having to change the dosimeters. The exposures were compared to the cumulative exposure concurrently measured with six sets of unstabilized polyphenylene oxide (PPO) dosimeters that required changing every four to six days.
The difference in exposures between the two types of dosimeters was on average within 11%. The PVC dosimeter is the first reported polymer film dosimeter with a useable range of a month for measuring the plant damaging UV and the UVB exposures to specific parts of a plant. The exposure period of a month for the PVC dosimeter is an extension by a factor of four over the useable range of dosimeters previously reported in the literature for evaluation of the exposure of plants to UV radiation.
Parisi, A.V., Amar, A. and Igoe, D.P., 2017. Long-term UV dosimeter based on polyvinyl chloride for plant damage effective UV exposure measurements. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 243, pp.68-73.
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