Reto Jörg Strasser

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Tocopherols (vitamin E) are lipid soluble antioxidants synthesized by plants and some cyanobacteria. We have earlier reported that overexpression of the gamma-tocopherol methyl transferase (gamma-TMT) gene from Arabidopsis thaliana in transgenic Brassica juncea plants resulted in an over six-fold increase in the level of alpha-tocopherol, the most active(More)
Chlorophyll (Chl) a fluorescence transient, a sensitive and non-invasive probe of the kinetics and heterogeneity of the filling up of the electron acceptor pool of Photosystem II (PS II), was used to characterize D1-mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Using a shutter-less system (Plant Efficiency Analyzer, Hansatech, UK), which provides the first measured(More)
This review is dedicated to David Walker (1928–2012), a pioneer in the field of photosynthesis and chlorophyll fluorescence. We begin this review by presenting the history of light emission studies, from the ancient times. Light emission from plants is of several kinds: prompt fluorescence (PF), delayed fluorescence (DF), thermoluminescence, and(More)
Thalli of the foliose lichen species Parmelina tiliacea were studied to determine responses of the photosynthetic apparatus to high temperatures in the dry and wet state. The speed with which dry thalli were activated by water following a 24 h exposure at different temperatures decreased as the temperature was increased. But even following a 24 h exposure(More)
L-Ascorbate plays a vital role in the alleviation of salinity stress in crop plants. Overexpression of the ascorbate pathway enzyme D-galacturonic acid reductase in transgenic potato plants confers improved tolerance to various abiotic stresses. These transgenic potato plants were further studied for their primary photosynthetic performances under salinity(More)
Several models have been proposed for the energetic behavior of the photosynthetic apparatus and a variety of experimental techniques are nowadays available to determine parameters that can quantify this behavior. The Energy Flux Theory (EFT) developed by Strasser 35 years ago provides a straightforward way to formulate any possible energetic communication(More)
The usefulness of a new voltage-sensitive fluorescent dye, the membrane permeant negatively charged oxonol dye diBA-C4-(3)-, was evaluated by measuring the membrane potentials of BICR/M1R-k and L cells with glass microelectrodes and simultaneously recording the fluorescence of the stained cells. The membrane potential of BICR/M1R-k cells was varied between(More)
Simultaneous in vivo measurements of prompt fluorescence (PF), delayed fluorescence (DF) and 820-nm reflection (MR) were made to probe response of pea leaves to 40 s incubation at high temperatures (25-50°C). We interpret our observation to suggest that heat treatment provokes an inhibition of electron donation by the oxygen evolving complex. DF, in a time(More)
3-Acetyl-5-isopropyltetramic acid (3-AIPTA), a derivate of tetramic acid, is responsible for brown leaf-spot disease in many plants and often kills seedlings of both mono- and dicotyledonous plants. To further elucidate the mode of action of 3-AIPTA, during 3-AIPTA-induced cell necrosis, a series of experiments were performed to assess the role of reactive(More)
Chlorophyll-a fluorescence analysis provides relevant information about the physiology of plants growing under abiotic stress. In this study, we evaluated the influence of cold stress on the photosynthetic machinery of transgenic turfgrass, Zoysia japonica, expressing oat phytochrome A (PhyA) or a hyperactive mutant phytochrome A (S599A) with(More)