• Anacystis nidulans;
  • photoinhibition;
  • photosynthesis;
  • reactivation;
  • respiration

Photoinhibition of photosynthesis and its reactivation was studied in the cyanobaterium A. nidulans in the presence of the respiratory inhibitor sodium azide, the uncouplers carbonyl cyanide p-(trifluoromethoxy)-phenylhydrazone (FCCP) and carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) and the photosystem I elicitor phenazine methosulphate (PMS). Inhibition of dark respiration by azide increased the susceptibility of the cyanobacterium to photoinhibition. Both FCCP and CCCP also remarkably affected the process of photoinhibition in A. nidulans. The PMS at lower photoinhibitory light intensity partially protected A. nidulans from photoinhibition. The recovery from photoinhibition in the presence of azide or FCCP was slow and normal photosynthesis could not be resumed even after a longer period of incubation under suitable reactivating condition. Thus dark respiration has a key function in the process of photoinhibition of photosynthesis and its reactivation in the cyanobacterium A. nidulans.