uv effects on photosynthesis
Paul E. Ulanch
pulanch at bioch.tamu.edu
Wed Sep 28 12:50:55 EST 1994
In article <3687ut$8f7 at garuda.csulb.edu> arajab at csulb.edu (Adel Rajab) writes:
>HELP! I am a grad student whose interests lie in studying the effects of
>UV radiation on phytoplankton. There is a lot of literature out there on
>the harmful effects of UV rad on photosynthesis, but, mainly, the
>reports go something like: "plant exposed to UV which resulted in
>decreases primary production".
>My question is: what are the specific molecular effects of UV on the
>photosynthetic apparatus itself which may lead to decreased
>photosynthesis. It is known that DNA damage (and damage to other
>organells) will lead to decreased photosynthesis, but what about the
>photosynthetic machinery itself?
>Direct comments by the more learned experts is greatly appreciated as
>well as any references to references I have overlooked.
UV light is damaging to the photosystem complexes themselves. Photosystem II
reaction center proteins D1 and D2 are degraded as a result and the mechanisms
that the chloroplast has adopted to maintain levels of those two proteins are
studied in our lab (John Mullet, Texas A&M Univ.). A paper that might give
you some ideas would be Plant Physiol. 104:1119. It got the cover of that
issue. This paper should give you some reviews on the UV degredation of PS II
as well. Hope this helps...
Paul "Goose" Ulanch
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2128
PULANCH at bioch.tamu.edu
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