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Formyl group modification of chlorophyll a: A major evolutionary mechanism in oxygenic photosynthesis

Schliep, Martin; Cavigliasso, German; Quinnell, Roseanne G; Stranger, Robert; Larkum, A


We discuss recent advances in chlorophyll research in the context of chlorophyll evolution and conclude that some derivations of the formyl side chain arrangement of the porphyrin ring from that of the Chl a macrocycle can extend the photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) of these molecules, for example, Chl d and Chl f absorb light in the near-infrared region, up to ∼750nm. Derivations such as this confer a selective advantage in particular niches and may, therefore, be beneficial for...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Plant Cell and Environment
DOI: 10.1111/pce.12000


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