ACTION SPECTRA FOR INHIBITION OF HYPOCOTYL GROWTH OF WILD-TYPE PLANTS AND OF THE hy2 LONG-HYPOCOTYL MUTANT OF Arabidopsis thaliana L.

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Abstract

Abstract— An analysis was made by action spectroscopy, using the Okazaki Large Spectrograph, of the inhibition of hypocotyl elongation of wild-type plants and the hy2 mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana. Two day old etiolated seedlings were irradiated for 8 h with monochromatic light and left in the dark for 16 h before measurement of hypocotyl length. Spectrophotometric measurement showed that levels of phytochrome in the etiolated tissue of the hy2 mutant were less than 9% of those in the wild type. The action spectra of the wild type looked like those of high irradiance response and showed peaks at 375, 450, 625 and 725 nm, whereas the action spectra of hy2 showed only the peaks at 375 and 450 nm. Monochromatic light of wavelengths longer than 500 nm had no significant inhibitory effects on hy2 plants. Blue and UV-A light were about five times more effective in the wild type than in hy2 plants. Severe inhibitory effects were observed with UV-B light. It is concluded that inhibition of the growth of the hypocotyl involves combined actions of phytochrome and a putative blue/UV-A photoreceptor(s).

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