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Effects of fosmidomycin on plant photosynthesis as measured by gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence

Possell, M and Ryan, A and Vickers, CE and Mullineaux, PM and Hewitt, CN (2010) 'Effects of fosmidomycin on plant photosynthesis as measured by gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence.' Photosynthesis Research, 104 (1). 49 - 59. ISSN 0166-8595

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Abstract

In higher plants, many isoprenoids are synthesised via the chloroplastic 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate/2-C-methyl-d-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway. Attempts to elucidate the function of individual isoprenoids have used the antibiotic/herbicidal compound fosmidomycin (3-[N-formyl-N-hydroxy amino] propyl phosphonic acid) to inhibit this pathway. Examination of the effect of fosmidomycin on the major components of photosynthesis in leaves of white poplar (Populus alba) and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) was made. Fosmidomycin reduced net photosynthesis in both species within 1 h of application, but only when photosynthesis was light-saturated. In P. alba, these reductions were confounded by high light and fosmidomycin inducing stomatal patchiness. In tobacco, this was caused by significant reductions in PSII chlorophyll fluorescence and reductions in Vcmax and Jmax. Our data indicate that the diminution of photosynthesis is likely a complex effect resulting from the inhibition of multiple MEP pathway products, resulting in photoinhibition and photo-damage. These effects should be accounted for in experimental design and analysis when using fosmidomycin to avoid misinterpretation of results as measured by gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Biological Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 13:55
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/883

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