Long-term acclimation of barley photosynthetic apparatus to narrow-band red and blue light
Effects of red and blue light at irradiances from 1.6 to 28.3 micromolar per square meter per second on chloroplast pigments, light-harvesting pigment-proteins associated with photosystem II, and the corresponding mRNA were evaluated in maize (Zea mays L.) plants (OP Golden Bantum) grown for 14 days under 14 hours light/10 hours dark cycles. Accumulation of pigments, pigment-proteins, and mRNA was less in blue than in red light of equal irradiance. The difference between blue and red light, however, varied as a function of irradiance level, and the pattern of this variation suggests irradiance-controlled activation/deactivation (switching) of blue-light receptor. The maximum reduction in blue light of mRNA and proteins associated with light-harvesting complex occurs at lower irradiance levels than the maximum reduction of chlorophylls a and b.