UV-B perception and signalling in plants

Plant Molecular Biology

Sunlight is of utmost importance to plants, not only as energy source but also as an environmental signal regulating growth and development. An important and increasing part of the incident sunlight encompasses a segment of the ultraviolet-B region (UV-B; 280-315 nm) that is not entirely absorbed by the ozone layer in the stratosphere of the Earth. UV-B radiation is potentially harmful for any organism exposed to it, but is also used as an informational signal for which plants have evolved specific and sensitive UV-B perception systems promoting UV-B acclimation and tolerance. Our understanding of this UV-B sensory pathway is presently limited to a small number of major players, and even less is known on their interplay, regulations and mechanisms of action. The major aim of our laboratory is a better understanding of UV-B perception and signalling in plants that leads to UV-B acclimation and survival.

Recent Publications

  • Dual control of MAPK activities by AP2C1 and MKP1 MAPK phosphatases regulates defence responses in Arabidopsis
    Ayatollahi, Zahra; Kazanaviciute, Vaiva; Shubchynskyy, Volodymyr; Kvederaviciute, Kotryna; Schwanninger, Manfred; et al.
    Journal Of Experimental Botany  10.1093/jxb/erac018  APR 18 2022
  • Perception and Signaling of Ultraviolet-B Radiation in Plants
    Podolec, Roman; Demarsy, Emilie; Ulm, Roman
    Annual Review Of Plant Biology, Vol 72, 2021  10.1146/annurev-arplant-050718-095946  2021
  • A constitutively monomeric UVR8 photoreceptor confers enhanced UV-B photomorphogenesis
    Podolec, Roman; Lau, Kelvin; Wagnon, Timothee B.; Hothorn, Michael; Ulm, Roman
    Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America   DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2017284118 FEB 9 2021
  • Cryptochrome-mediated blue-light signalling modulates UVR8 photoreceptor activity and contributes to UV-B tolerance in Arabidopsis
    Tissot, Nicolas; Ulm, Roman
    Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15133-y  MAR 12 2020
  • UVR8-mediated inhibition of shade avoidance involves HFR1 stabilization in Arabidopsis
    Tavridou, Eleni; Schmid-Siegert, Emanuel; Fankhauser, Christian; Ulm, Roman
    Plos Genetics 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008797, MAY 2020
  • Degradation of the transcription factors PIF4 and PIF5 under UV-B promotes UVR8-mediated inhibition of hypocotyl growth in Arabidopsis
    Tavridou, Eleni; Pireyre, Marie; Ulm, Roman
    Plant Journal,  DOI: 10.1111/tpj.14556, Published: FEB 2020
  • Plant photoreceptors and their signaling components compete for COP1 binding via VP peptide motifs
    Lau, K; Podolec, R; Chappuis, R; Ulm, R; Hothorn, M
    EMBO JOURNAL, 38 (18):10.15252/embj.2019102140 SEP 16 2019
  • Arabidopsis RUP2 represses UVR8-mediated flowering in noninductive photoperiods
    Arongaus, AB; Chen, S; Pireyre, M; Glockner, N; Galvao, VC; Albert, A; Winkler, JB; Fankhauser, C; Harter, K; Ulm, R
    GENES & DEVELOPMENT, 32 (19-20):1332-1343; 10.1101/gad.318592.118 OCT 1 2018

Roman Ulm Uni Geneva

Prof. Dr. Roman Ulm
University of Geneva
Department of Plant Sciences
1211 Geneva

Tel: +41 (0)22 379 36 50

Research topics

  • UV-B response
  • Photomorphogenesis
  • MAP kinase phosphatases
  • Abiotic stress responses



  • Photobiology
  • Environmental stress signalling