Research report 2015 - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
Lifetimes of photosynthetic complexes in higher plants
Schöttler, Mark A.
Zentrale Infrastrukturgruppe Biophysik und Photosyntheseforschung der Abteilung Organellenbiologie, Biotechnologie und molekulare Ökophysiologie
SummaryPlants need to precisely adjust the capacity of photosynthetic electron transport to produce ATP and NADPH to their consumption by the Calvin cycle. Otherwise, an overcapacity of electron transport would lead to an increased production of reactive oxygen species and the destruction of the photosynthetic apparatus. To avoid this, the electron transport capacity is regulated by adjustments of the rate-limiting cytochrome b6f complex. We have analyzed the contribution of complex biogenesis versus degradation to this adjustment.