From ecophysiology to phenomics: Some implications of photoprotection and shade-sun acclimation in situ for dynamics of thylakoids in vitro

Shizue Matsubara, Britta Förster, Melinda Waterman, Sharon A. Robinson, Barry J. Pogson, Brian Gunning, Barry Osmond*

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    Abstract

    Half a century of research into the physiology and biochemistry of sun-shade acclimation in diverse plants has provided reality checks for contemporary understanding of thylakoid membrane dynamics. This paper reviews recent insights into photosynthetic efficiency and photoprotection from studies of two xanthophyll cycles in old shade leaves from the inner canopy of the tropical trees Inga sapindoides and Persea americana (avocado). It then presents new physiological data from avocado on the time frames of the slow coordinated photosynthetic development of sink leaves in sunlight and on the slow renovation of photosynthetic properties in old leaves during sun to shade and shade to sun acclimation. In so doing, it grapples with issues in vivo that seem relevant to our increasingly sophisticated understanding of ΔpH-dependent, xanthophyll-pigment-stabilized non-photochemical quenching in the antenna of PSII in thylakoid membranes in vitro.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3503-3514
    Number of pages12
    JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    Volume367
    Issue number1608
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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