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Environmental-Physiological Interactions in Lichens. I. The Interaction of Light/Dark Periods and Nitrogenase Activity in Peltigera polydactyla

J. D. MacFarlane, E. Maikawa, K. A. Kershaw and A. Oaks
The New Phytologist
Vol. 77, No. 3 (Nov., 1976), pp. 705-711
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the New Phytologist Trust
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2433478
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Environmental-Physiological Interactions in Lichens. I. The Interaction of Light/Dark Periods and Nitrogenase Activity in Peltigera polydactyla
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Abstract

The nitrogenase activity in Peltigera polydactyla was examined during varying periods of darkness and after re-illumination. There was an immediate decrease in activity of about 50% when the lichen was darkened, followed by a progressive further decrease of activity with time. Recovery to the original level of activity on re-illumination showed an increasing lag as the dark period was extended. The effect of an external carbon source on nitrogenase activity was also examined and very large increases in activity were induced in the light, by both 2% glucose and mannitol. The decrease during a dark period was, however, still very marked.

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