Cryptochrome, Some Terminological Thoughts

  • H. Senger
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


From the beginning of the investigation of responses of plants to blue light there was the dilemma that a proper expression for the photoreceptor did not exist. The term “blue-UV light photoreceptor” is rather long-winded, particularly when contrasted with the attractive term “phytochrome” for red light-triggered photomorphogenic responses.


Plant Physiology Biological System Chemical Nature Photosynthetic Pigment Action Spectrum 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Senger
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie-Botanikder Philipps-UniversitätMarburg/LahnGermany

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