Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 179–189 | Cite as

Electron transport and chloroplast ultrastructure of a chlorophyll deficient mutant of wheat

  • Freeman T. P. 
  • Duysen M. E. 
  • Olson N. H. 
  • Williams N. D. 


A non-lethal chlorophyll deficient mutation was induced by use of the chemical mutagen ethyl methanesulfonate. Chloroplasts from the control and mutant plants were found to be very similar ultrastructurally. Thylakoid membrane volume was only slightly greater in plastids from the control as compared with plastids from the mutant. The chlorophyll content of the mutant was reduced by over 60%. This decrease in chlorophyll was not accompanied by a similar decrease in electron transport. Uncoupled electron transport rate based on a unit chlorophyll basis was nearly twice as great for mutant chloroplasts as for control plastids. However, electron transport rate based on a unit membrane volume was similar in mutant and control plants. At high irradiance the relative quantum requirement of the control and mutant was similar when expressed on membrane volume.

Key words

chloroplast electron transport ultrastructure wheat mutant 


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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Freeman T. P. 
    • 1
  • Duysen M. E. 
    • 1
  • Olson N. H. 
    • 1
  • Williams N. D. 
    • 2
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentNorth Dakota State UniversityFargo
  2. 2.Research Geneticist, Agricultural Research ServiceUS Department of AgricultureFargo

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