Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 46, Issue 1–2, pp 129–139

The grand design of photosynthesis: Acclimation of the photosynthetic apparatus to environmental cues

  • Jan M. Anderson
  • Wah Soon Chow
  • Youn-Il Park
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DOI: 10.1007/BF00020423

Cite this article as:
Anderson, J.M., Chow, W.S. & Park, YI. Photosynth Res (1995) 46: 129. doi:10.1007/BF00020423

Abstract

Dynamic acclimation of the photosynthetic apparatus in response to environmental cues, particularly light quantity and quality, is a widely-observed and important phenomenon which contributes to the tolerance of plants against stress and helps to maintain, as far as possible, optimal photosynthetic efficiency and resource utilization. This mini-review represents a scrutiny of a number of possible photoreceptors (including the two photosystems acting as light sensors) and signal transducers that may be involved in producing acclimation responses. We suggest that regulation by signal transduction may be effected at each of several possible points, and that there are multiple regulatory mechanisms for photosynthetic acclimation.

Key words

light quantity light quality temperature photoreceptors photosystem stoichiometry redox sensing 

Abbreviations

FR

far-red light

LHC I, LHC II

light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-protein complex of PS I and PS II, respectively

P700

primary electron donor of PS I

Pmax

maximum photosynthetic capacity

QA

primary quinone electron acceptor of PS II

qN, qP

non-photochemical and photochemical quenching, respectively

R

red light

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan M. Anderson
    • 1
  • Wah Soon Chow
    • 1
  • Youn-Il Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Plant IndustryCooperative Research Centre for Plant Science and CSIROCanberraAustralia

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