Congratulations: Aoife Coffey submits PhD thesis

Congratulations to Aoife Coffey who submitted her PhD thesis to the UCC graduate school on May 4, 2016. The title of Aoife’s thesis is “UV-B radiation; a specific regulator of plant growth and development”.

Aoife Coffey proudly showing her thesis ready for submission

Aoife’s thesis work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and supervised by Prof. Marcel Jansen. Collaborators included Prof. Els Prinsen at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick in the Department of Chemistry at UCC, Cork.

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Programme for UV4Plants Network UV Conference

The full programme of the UV4Plants Network Conference has now been finalised.

UV4Plants UV conference

This Plant UV conference, which we announced before, is the 1st Network Conference of The International Association for Plant UV-Research (UV4Plants). It is to be held in Pécs (Hungary) on the 30th – 31st of May 2016.

The programme consists of two full days of talks and discussions on plant UV-biology, and will be followed by a training school.

At present some 50-60 delegates have registered, so this will be the place to be for plant UV-researchers!

Full details can be found on our websites: and



Aquatic Toxicology paper for Xiaolin Chen

Dr. Xiaolin Chen has a first paper on her PhD research in plant toxicology accepted for publication in the journal “Aquatic Toxicology”. The title of Xiaolin’s paper is “The toxicity of Zinc-Oxide nanoparticles to Lemna minor (L.) is predominantly caused by dissolved Zinc”.

Dr. Xiaolin Chen published a paper on plant toxicology

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