The Light-Dependent Processes in Fungi: A Possible Approach to Some Problems of Photobiological Evolution

  • M. S. Kritsky


According to the basic principles of the theory of the origin of life formulated in the early twenties by A. I. Oparin (1), the origin and development of systems capable of photochemical transformations was extremely important for the general problem of biopoesis. In fact, the whole process of both chemical and, especially, biological evolution had to depend upon the production of organic matter through utilization of solar energy. During chemical evolution, ultraviolet light served as a principal source of energy (2), whereas biological evolution was mainly related to utilization of rather long-wave visible light through the photosynthetic processes.


Green Plant Biological Evolution Evolutionary Biochemistry Action Spectrum Neurospora Crassa 
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  • M. S. Kritsky
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  1. 1.A. N. Bakh Institute of BiochemistryUSSR Academy of SciencesMoscowUSSR

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