Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 199–211 | Cite as

The effect of high-energy-state excitation quenching on maximum and dark level chlorophyll fluorescence yield

  • D. Rees
  • G. D. Noctor
  • P. Horton
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The quenching of variable fluorescence yield (qN) and the quenching of dark level fluorescence yield (q0) directly atributable to high-energy-state fluorescence quenching (qE) was studied to distinguish between energy dissipation in the antenna and light harvesting complexes (antenna quenching) and energy dissipation at the reaction centres (reaction centre quenching). A consistent relationship was obtained between qN and q0 in barley leaves, the green alga Dunaliella C9AA and in pea thylakoids with 2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-p-phenylene diamine (DAD) as mediator of cyclic electron flow around PS 1. This correlated well with the relationship obtained using m-dinitrobenzene (DNB), a chemical model for antenna quenching, to quench fluorescence in Dunaliella C9AA or pea thylakoids. The results also correlated reasonably well with theoretical predictions by the Butler model for antenna quenching, but did not correlate with the predictions for reaction centre quenching. It is postulated that qE quenching therefore occures in the antenna and light harvesting complexes, and that the small deviation from the Butler prediction is due to PS 2 heterogeneity.


Reaction Centre Energy Dissipation Chlorophyll Fluorescence Fluorescence Yield Dunaliella 
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Ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid


4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulphonic acid


2-(N-morpholino) prophanesulfonate

PS 1

photosystem 1

PS 2

photosystem 2

QA and QB

primary and secondary stable electron acceptors of photosystem 2


non-photochemical fluorescence quenching coefficient


high-energy-state fluorescence quenching coefficient


quenching coefficient for F0


dark level fluorescence yield


maximum fluorescence yield


variable fluorescence yield


ratio of variable to total fluorescence yield


2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-p-phenylene diamine




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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Rees
    • 1
  • G. D. Noctor
    • 1
  • P. Horton
    • 1
  1. 1.Robert Hill Institute, Department of Molecular Biology and BiotechnologySheffield UniversitySheffieldUK

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