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ULTRASTRUCTURE OF PLASTIDS OF PARASITIC HIGHER PLANTS. V. INFLUENCE OF LIGHT ON CUSCUTA PLASTIDS

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The ultrastructure of plastids in light-grown stems of Cuscuta australis is examined. The ultrastructure of the plastids is greatly altered if the stems are placed in darkness. Under these conditions chloroplasts with grana formed by several thylakoids connected by stroma lamellae are found, while in illuminated stems the plastids show characters of amyloplasts. The chlorophyll content and the photosynthetic activity sometimes observed in Cuscuta are probably correlated with the fact that this plant is able to build the ultrastructure of the photosynthetic apparatus only in weak light or in darkness.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Botany, University of Modena

10.1080/0021213X.1974.10676845
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