Background: Cyanobacteria use multiple PSII-D1 isoforms to adapt to environmental conditions. Results: D1:2 achieves higher quantum efficiency of water oxidation and biomass accumulation rate at high light versus D1:1; the latter is more efficient at low light due to less charge recombination. Conclusion: A functional advantage for D1:1 is revealed for the first time. Significance: Improved photochemical efficiency at low light suggests an evolutionary advantage to retain D1:1.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology