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Effects of Blue Light on Greening in Microalgae

Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Abstract

Chloroplast development in microalgae has been studied mainly by using Euglena, mutants of Chlamydomonas, Scenedesmus, and Chlorella, and other algae which require light for greening: the majority of algae, however, form chlorophyll and chloroplasts in the dark as well as in the light. Recent studies have shown that many aspects of chloroplast development in these algae are apparently dependent on light, but their wave-length dependence has been studied only in a limited number of cases, making it difficult to obtain a comprehensive picture of the possible blue light control of greening in algae. In this article attention will be focused on the formation of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) in relation to chlorophyll biosynthesis. An attempt will be made to interpret the sometimes perplexing observations so far reported by proposing a tentative model for greening which emphasizes the importance of transport phenomena associated with the passage of substrates and energy through the plastid envelope.

Keywords

Levulinic Acid Wavelength Dependence Chlorophyll Biosynthesis Chloroplast Development Chlorophyll Synthesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Hase
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of Applied MicrobiologyUniversity of TokyoBunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113Japan

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