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Relaxing non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) to improve photosynthesis in crops

Code: 9781801463607
Johannes Kromdijk, University of Cambridge, UK and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; and Julia Walter, University of Cambridge, UK

Chapter synopsis: Sunlight intercepted by crop plants drives photosynthesis and growth. However, the light-harvesting antenna complexes that capture light energy for photosynthesis can also absorb too much light, which enhances the formation for reactive oxygen species and can result in damage to photosynthetic reaction centres. In order to prevent excessive damage, light-harvesting efficiency is reduced under high light, via upregulation of non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) processes involved in thermal dissipation of excitation energy in the photosystem II antennae. Relaxation of NPQ following high light exposure is not instantaneous and the response time increases with severity and longevity of the high light exposure. Due to slow NPQ relaxation, photosynthetic light use efficiency can be decreased for prolonged periods after high light exposure. In this chapter we review mechanistic understanding of light harvesting and NPQ, how NPQ can be measured and results from recent attempts to accelerate NPQ responses to light.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2022.0119.09

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Table of contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Light harvesting and photochemistry
  • 3 Non-photochemical quenching: dynamic regulation of light-harvesting efficiency in the PSII antennae
  • 4 Assessing non-photochemical quenching via fluorescence measurements
  • 5 PsbS and zeaxanthin: important factors controlling non-photochemical quenching formation and relaxation in higher plants
  • 6 Manipulating non-photochemical quenching to improve photosynthetic efficiency
  • 7 Conclusion
  • 8 Where to look for further information
  • 9 Acknowledgements
  • 10 References

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