Investigation of the physiological and cellular adaptation of plants to the arctic environ-ment – comparison with high alpine conditions

Updated 2007-08-02

The objective of our work with arctic terrestrial plants and with algae is to study the range of climate adaptation as is expressed in special ultrastructure of cells and tissues, in photosynthetic metabolism, in antioxidative and sun screen compounds under a cold and reduced PAR / UV-B environment (climate different to alpine conditions). This is a comparison of ecophysiological processes already worked out mainly from high alpine plants, which live periodically under stronger cold and under different light regimes, especially higher UV-B and PAR irradiation. We want to find out, whether adaptations found in some alpine organisms occur similarly in polar forms.

Time frame

Project time span
2002 - 2010
Data collection
2002 - 2008
Data processing
2002 - 2008
Data reporting
2002 - 2009

Contact information

Contact person
Cornelius Lütz
O.Univ. Prof. Dr. Cornelius Lütz Dept. Physiology and Cell Physiology of Alpine Plants Institute of Botany University of Innsbruck Sternwartestr. 15 A-6020 Innsbruck /Austria Tel. --43-512-5075935 Secretary.: --43-512-5075927

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Climate change effects
UV effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)
Higher plants


Regions studied
UV effects
UV effects
UV effects
UV effects

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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