Improvement of photosynthesis in dense microalgal suspension by reduction of light harvesting pigments

Improvement of photosynthesis in dense microalgal suspension by reduction of light harvesting... The effects of light-harvesting pigments (LHP) inmicroalgal cells on photosynthetic activity in adense cell suspension were examined. The results suggest that a lower LHP content should result in higher photosynthetic productivity under high light intensity. The idea was first proposed by Lien and San Pietro in 1975 that photosynthesis could be improved by reducing the LHP content in microalgal cells, but this has not been demonstrated in detail. Experiments to evaluate the idea were conducted with Synechocystis PCC6714 and Chlorellapyrenoidosa. In the experiments with PCC 6714, photosynthesis of a phycocyanin-deficient mutant was compared with that of the wild type. In the experiments with C. pyrenoidosa, the LHP content was controlled by the light intensity in the algalculture. The maximum photosynthetic activity was 20–30% higher in the dense suspension of cells having a lower LHP content with both organisms. These results indicate that the idea of reducing the LHP contentcould be applicable to a wide variety of photosynthetic organisms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Applied Phycology Springer Journals

Improvement of photosynthesis in dense microalgal suspension by reduction of light harvesting pigments

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Life Sciences; Plant Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Plant Physiology; Ecology
ISSN
0921-8971
eISSN
1573-5176
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1007920025419
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Abstract

The effects of light-harvesting pigments (LHP) inmicroalgal cells on photosynthetic activity in adense cell suspension were examined. The results suggest that a lower LHP content should result in higher photosynthetic productivity under high light intensity. The idea was first proposed by Lien and San Pietro in 1975 that photosynthesis could be improved by reducing the LHP content in microalgal cells, but this has not been demonstrated in detail. Experiments to evaluate the idea were conducted with Synechocystis PCC6714 and Chlorellapyrenoidosa. In the experiments with PCC 6714, photosynthesis of a phycocyanin-deficient mutant was compared with that of the wild type. In the experiments with C. pyrenoidosa, the LHP content was controlled by the light intensity in the algalculture. The maximum photosynthetic activity was 20–30% higher in the dense suspension of cells having a lower LHP content with both organisms. These results indicate that the idea of reducing the LHP contentcould be applicable to a wide variety of photosynthetic organisms.

Journal

Journal of Applied PhycologySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 6, 2004

References

  • Photoregulation of the composition, function and structure of thylakoid membranes
    Anderson, JM

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