Comparison of photosynthetic activities in triazine-resistant and susceptible biotypes of chenopodium album

Victor B. Curwiel, Gert Schansker, Oscar J. De Vos, Jack J.S. Van Rensen

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Triazine-resistant and susceptible Chenopodium album plants were grown at low and at high light irradiances. At the lower light irradiance the dry matter production of the resistant and the susceptible plants were almost similar. At the higher irradiance the resistant biotype had a significantly lower production. Fluorescence studies showed that the photochemical yield and the photosystem II electron transport rate were lower in the resistant biotype. It could be demonstrated in intact leaves that the lower productivity of the resistant biotype is caused by a higher sensitivity to photoinhibition. However, when studying effects of photoinhibition on electron flow and photophosphorylation in isolated thylakoids of the two biotypes, no significant differences between resistant and susceptible plant materials were observed. It is suggested that the difference between resistant and susceptible biotypes connected with processes protective against photoinhibition in intact leaves, are lost during the isolation of thylakoids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-282
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift fur naturforschung - section c journal of biosciences
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1993



  • Chloroplasts
  • Fluorescence
  • Photoinhibition
  • Photosystem II
  • Triazine-Resistance

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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