Water deficit under continuous light enhances the thermal stability of photosystem II in Homalothecium lutescens moss

Sándor Dulai, Ferenc Horváth, Sándor Orbán, Éva Darkó, Katalin Csizi, István Molnár

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The thermal stability of photosystem II was examined under different (light and water deficit) treatments in the moss H. lutescens. The decrease in water content under continuous light effected a heat-tolerance increase, further intensified by increasing excitation energy levels. The breakpoints (Tc, Tp, F1/2) of the FS vs. T curves significantly shifted towards higher temperatures even under a 30-minute moderate (-1.3 MPa) osmotic treatment, and this was partially inhibited by DTT. Both moderate and higher water deficit (-2.5 MPa) resulted in an increase in thermal stability, independent of the excitation energy level. This effect of water deficit remained observable over a fairly long period. Since in a dark-adapted state the critical values ofthe F0 vs. T curves did not shift towards significantly higher temperatures with an increase in water deficit, it seems likely that rapid thermal stability increase of PS II induced by water deficit occurs only in energized photosynthetic membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-160
Number of pages2
JournalActa Biologica Szegediensis
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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