A mathematical model was developed for resolved temporal transients of experimentally recorded delayed fluorescence (DF) induction signal. During an intermittent light regime, antennas of the photosynthetic apparatus were treated as targets, repeatedly hit by potentially absorbable photons within a series of consecutive light flashes. Formulas were derived for the number of antennas, cumulatively hit by a specific number of photons, as a function of the flash serial number (time). Model parameters included number of absorbable photons in one flash, antenna sizes, and their number. A series of induction curves were analyzed, obtained from a Zea mays leaf segment and differing in the previous dark period (t d). Each curve, consisting of the two most prominent DF transients (C and D), was fitted with several model types, differing in the number of absorbed photons. For both transients, the best fitting result was achieved when DF induction was linked to the second absorbed photon. As expected, model parameters related to antenna sizes showed weaker dependence on t d than those referring to antenna number. With restrictions applied to this model, the two DF induction transients may be related to two classes of photosynthetic antennas. Their different sizes may have a predominant influence on the efficiency of photon absorption and possibly time-dependent appearance of DF transients.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: May 15, 2006
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