The Mechanism of the Circadian Rhythm of Photosynthesis

  • Hans-Georg Schweiger


One of the characteristic features of living systems is the ability to adapt to varying environmental conditions. During evolution, features which favor adaptation to special conditions have been positively selected and genetically established. Those environmental phenomena which are due to the rotation of the earth deserve special attention. These phenomena are coupled to a 24 hour cycle and, to a high degree, are connected to the cyclic availability of light energy emitted by the sun. Keeping in mind the cyclic nature of irradiation, it is tempting to assume that plants, which convert light energy into chemical energy, would have a higher capability to utilize light energy during the day and a lower one during the night.


Circadian Rhythm Thylakoid Membrane Light Energy Gene Expression System Phase Response Curve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Georg Schweiger
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für ZellbiologieLadenburg bei HeidelbergGermany

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