The kinetics of P‐700+ reduction in leaves: a novel in situ probe of thylakoid functioning

J. Harbinson*, C.L. Hedley

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Abstract. The half time (t1/2) of the reduction of P‐700+ in the millisecond time frame is known to be limited by the reaction between plastoquinol and the cytochrome cytb6f complex. This is considered to be the rate limiting reaction of thylakoid electron transport and measurements of it provide a means of analysing how thylakoid election transport is regulated in vivo. The half time for the reduction of photochemically oxidized P‐700 has been measured in vivo using absorbance changes around 820 nm. The results showed that t1/2 is independent of irradiance and decreases as photosynthetic induction progresses. Even with a constant t1/2 the quantum efficiency of PSI declined as irradiance increased. The significance of the concept of photosynthetic control of electron transport is discussed in the light of these observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-369
JournalPlant, Cell & Environment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • electron transport
  • irradiance response
  • PSI
  • P‐700
  • quantum efficiency

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