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Site of photosynthesis and Mechanism of photosynthesis

Site of photosynthesis and Mechanism of photosynthesis

Site of photosynthesis and Mechanism of photosynthesis

Site of photosynthesis

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Chloroplasts are the actual sites for photosynthesis.

All green parts of a plant are involved in photosynthesis.

Leaves are the most important organs of photosynthesis.

In xerophytes like Opuntia, the stem is green and it performs photosynthesis.

Over half a million chloroplasts are present in one square millimetre of a leaf.

It measures about 4 to 6 micron.

A typical chloroplast of higher plants is discoid shaped.

It is a double membrane bound organelle containing chlorophyll, carotenoid,
structure of chloroplast

xanthophyll, cytochrome, DNA, RNA, manganese, etc.

Chloroplasts are generally considerably larger than mitochondria.

The space enclosed by the envelope is filled with matrix called stroma.

In the stroma, many grana are embedded.

In each granum, several disc shaped lamellae are found.

These disc shaped structures are called thylakoids.

They resemble a stack of coins.

This structure is known granum.

Generally a chloroplast contains 40 to 60 grana.

The photosynthetic pigments are found in grana.

The stroma contains circular DNA, RNA and enzymes for starch synthesis.

Photochemical and biosynthetic phases


The pigments involved in photosynthesis are called photosynthetic pigments.

They are chlorophyll ‘a’, chlorophyll ‘b’, carotenoids, xanthophyll and phycobilins.

Magnesium is an essential component for the formation of chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll ‘a’ is a universal pigment present in the plants in which water is one of the raw materials for photosynthesis.

Chlorophylls are highly efficient in absorbing solar energy and they are directly linked to photosynthetic electron transport.

Photosynthetic pigments other than chlorophyll ‘a’ are generally called accessory pigments

eg. chlorophyll ‘b’, carotenoids and xanthophyll, whereas chlorophyll ‘a’ is regarded as primary pigment.

Photosynthetic pigments occur in the granum.

They constitute the pigment system called photosystem.

About 250 to 400 pigment molecules are present in a photosystem.

Two types of photosystems are found in the granum.

Photosystem I (PS I) has less accessory pigments and more chlorophyll ‘a’, while photosystem II (PS II) has more accessory pigments and less chlorophyll ‘a’.

The primary function of photosystems is to trap light energy and converts it to chemical energy.

The energy absorbed by accessory pigments is transferred to the chlorophyll ‘a’.

The granal lamella where the photosynthetic pigments are aggregated to perform photosynthetic activities is called active centre.

Mechanism of photosynthesis


The overall reaction of photosynthesis can be written as follows.

The reactions of photosynthesis can be grouped into two – light reactions and dark reactions.

The reactions involving pigments, solar energy and water that produce ATP and NADPH2 are called light reactions.

The photosynthetic reactions in which CO2 is reduced to carbohydrates making use of ATP and NADPH2 generated by light reactions are collectively called dark reactions.

Mechanism of photosynthesis and Site of photosynthesis

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Plant tissue culture – origin and techniques


Plant physiology – photosynthesis and its significance


Electron transport system and photophosphorylation types


Dark reaction


C3 and C4 pathways


Photorespiration or C2 cycle


Factors affecting photosynthesis


Test tube and funnel experiment, Ganong’s light screen experiment


Mode of nutrition – Autotrophic, Heterotrophic


Chemosynthesis


Mechanism of Respiration – Glycolysis


Mechanism of Respiration – Oxidative decarboxylation , Krebs cycle


Mechanism of Respiration – Electron Transport Chain, Energy Yield


Ganong’s respiroscope, Pentose phosphate pathway


Anaerobic respiration, Respiratory quotient, Compensation point, Kuhne’s fermentation tube experiment


Plant growth and Measurement of plant growth


Phytohormones Auxins


Phytohormones Gibberellins


Phytohormones Cytokinin, Ethylene, Abscisic Acid, Growth Inhibitors – Physiological Effects


Photoperiodism and vernalization, Phytochromes and flowering

 

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