Ultraviolet Ecolgy

Bob bbruner at uclink4.berkeley.edu
Wed Mar 21 22:41:42 EST 2001

On Mon, 19 Mar 2001 22:23:43 -0800, "Matt" <mattsn at interchange.ubc.ca>

>Hello all,
>I am currently putting together a website specifically on the effects of
>ultraviolet radiation on marine bacteria, and on marine bacterial
>communities. I am interested in both the effects of UV radiation at the
>cellular and genetic level (such as mortality, genetic repair processes,
>photoremediation) and the effects on ecology and community composition. I am
>currently searching the literature on this topic, and am coming up with
>somewhat scattered results. If anyone knows of any good sources of
>information for this project, or of any particularly good authors in this
>area, I'd really appreciate your input.


I have this old paper...

D Karentz & LH Lutze, Evaluation of biologically harmful ultraviolet
radiation in Antarctica with a biological dosimeter designed for
aquatic environments. Limnol Oceanog 35:549, 5/90.

Their basic method was to use the bacteria as a dosimeter to measure
the UV. They lowered a container of bacteria to a specific depth for a
specific time, then brought it up, and measured the viability.

I don't remember much more about it, and haven't followed up. But I
found it an intriguing use of the bacteria.


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