Sunday, March 26, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Why do plants never get sunburn ?


Posted on Sunday, 12 February, 2012 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 2.5 Stefan Wernli

 
A 15 year study has finally determined why plants don't suffer from sunburn despite constant exposure.

A team in Glasgow has discovered that plants are able to produce a chemical sunscreen within their own leaves through a protein that is able to detect the presence of UV-B rays and initiate a protective chemical reaction. "The search for this UV-B photoreceptor was something of a Holy Grail for plant photobiologists and we were very pleased last year when we discovered that UVR8 was the UV-B photoreceptor," said professor Gareth Jenkins.

"It would never have occurred to most of us to even wonder about it, but a group of Glasgow researchers have spent 15 years working out why plants don't get sunburnt."

  View: Full article |  Source: Daily Mail

  Discuss: View comments (14)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by voidla on 12 February, 2012, 19:20
I was using cancer as an example. Do you really think every scientist that gets research money is working on something usefull? There was no reason to bring it up. Just because not every scientists isn't researching pharmaceuticals doesn't mean finding out other areas of our world are unimportant.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Khrono on 13 February, 2012, 2:17
Are you guys so incredibly short sighted and ignorant? Do you lot realize that discovering how plants with 12 hour a day exposure every single day can resist the sun and never quite .... Just wait.... Cancer!? If we could reproduce this effect in humans... Once again... Wait for it... We could prevent skin cancers in humans!! Wow, novell idea right!?
Comment icon #7 Posted by vitruvian12 on 13 February, 2012, 2:19
Are you guys so incredibly short sighted and ignorant? Do you lot realize that discovering how plants with 12 hour a day exposure every single day can resist the sun and never quite .... Just wait.... Cancer!? If we could reproduce this effect in humans... Once again... Wait for it... We could prevent skin cancers in humans!! Wow, novell idea right!? I think its you that will be waiting for that result.
Comment icon #8 Posted by 27vet on 13 February, 2012, 6:11
Plants have to manufacture their own sunscreen because they can't go to the store and buy it. (except triffids)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Capt Amerika on 15 February, 2012, 14:30
15 YEARS? The European Union is financially strapped as well, and here they ar ewasting money on stuff like this. The time for studies like this is when countries have the extra cash to spend. ridiculous.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Yellow Jacket on 19 February, 2012, 16:12
@vitruvian12 If they can harness the natural protection plants offer, then it is a possible cure for cancer. If we can utilize something like this to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun and only gain from the sun's useful rays, then this is viable research.
Comment icon #11 Posted by vitruvian12 on 19 February, 2012, 18:41
@vitruvian12 If they can harness the natural protection plants offer, then it is a possible cure for cancer. If we can utilize something like this to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun and only gain from the sun's useful rays, then this is viable research. Protection from the suns rays isnt a cure for cancer. Its preventative. Aside from that I was only using cancer research as an example, I dont believe we should commit all resources to that area.
Comment icon #12 Posted by thedutchiedutch on 21 February, 2012, 3:12
Are you guys so incredibly short sighted and ignorant? Do you lot realize that discovering how plants with 12 hour a day exposure every single day can resist the sun and never quite .... Just wait.... Cancer!? If we could reproduce this effect in humans... Once again... Wait for it... We could prevent skin cancers in humans!! Wow, novell idea right!? Exactly, well said Khrono
Comment icon #13 Posted by VvROMULUSvV on 22 February, 2012, 7:05
Of course plants get sunburn.. what a ridiculous notion. But when they get sunburned they actually get burned! Just put a large leafed shade plant in the sun and see what happens! Admittedly, that's more from the infrared spectrum. Chlorophyll absorbs uv - plants are made to sit in the sun. This is so stupid, really. If they're talking about cancer, forget it, plants don't get cancer because they're cells don't work the same way. Most plant cells are not pre-programmed, but are triggered when required (that's why cuttings make roots duh).
Comment icon #14 Posted by jaguarsky on 23 February, 2012, 16:56
I live in S.TX and I have a whole back yard full of sunburned plants I could have shown them last summer.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
 Ancient Mysteries & Alternative History
  Mysterious pyramid-shaped tomb, China
  Let's talk history
  The Mandela Effect EXPOSED
 Spirituality, Religion and Beliefs
  The Egg
  Religion
  Who is the least afraid of death?
 Stories, Sightings & Experiences
  Was this a premonition?
  Cat ghost sitting on me
  Three pets died. Another dying. What is this?
Hair salon is offering snake neck massages
3-25-2017
The Haar Mode Team salon in Dresden is offering customers a rather unique type of massage service.
'Ghost' causes a stir aboard USS Lexington
3-25-2017
Visitors to a popular attraction in Corpus Christi, Texas came across something they did not expect.
Permian mass extinction 'could happen again'
3-25-2017
A catastrophic rise in temperature wiped out the vast majority of life on Earth 250 million years ago.
'Mystery gardener' plants trees after dark
3-24-2017
An unknown individual in Stevenage, UK has been planting trees on a town green under cover of darkness.
Other news in this category
New 'king' polar bear clue found in Alaska
Posted 3-18-2017 | 0 comments
A skull belonging to what is thought to be an extinct species of giant polar bear has been discovered....
 
Spiders eat 800 million tons of prey a year
Posted 3-15-2017 | 15 comments
New research has revealed that spiders eat twice as much animal prey as humans do each year....
 
World's first fluorescent frog discovered
Posted 3-14-2017 | 3 comments
Scientists have found that the South American polka-dot tree frog possesses a rather unique complexion....
 
Whales have been gathering in their hundreds
Posted 3-12-2017 | 16 comments
In a peculiar change to their normal behavior, humpback whales have been seen congregating en masse....
 
Rare whales caught on film for the first time
Posted 3-7-2017 | 6 comments
Three elusive True's beaked whales have been captured on camera during an expedition to the Azores....
 
Why do pandas have black and white fur ?
Posted 3-7-2017 | 3 comments
Scientists have come up with a new theory to explain the panda's distinctive monochrome coloration....
 
Frogs are capable of seeing color in the dark
Posted 3-5-2017 | 3 comments
Scientists have found that frogs and toads possess night vision superior to that of all other animals....
 
Deep-sea jellyfish looks like a flying saucer
Posted 2-28-2017 | 9 comments
Marine biologists have recorded footage of a remarkable jellyfish in the depths of the South Pacific....
 
Half of all species could disappear by 2100
Posted 2-27-2017 | 5 comments
Biologists have warned that up to a half of all species could be wiped out by the end of the century....
 
Scientists teach bumble bees to roll a ball
Posted 2-24-2017 | 13 comments
A new experiment has revealed for the first time just how remarkably innovative bees can actually be....
 
Elusive tree boa rediscovered after 64 years
Posted 2-21-2017 | 15 comments
One of the world's rarest snakes has been sighted again for the first time in more than six decades....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ