If green plants, which have been standing for some time in darkness, are suddenly exposed to light, photosynthesis will not immediately proceed at a certain constant rate. It will start slowly and gradually increase until after 2 to 10 minutes after the beginning of the illumination constant rate photosynthesis is reached. Superimposed on this gradual increase certain irregularities of shorter duration have been found which show that the adaptation of a plant to a sudden illumination is a complex phenomenon. The gradual adaptation plus these irregularities are usually called “induction phenomena” or “transient phenomena” in literature although “adaptation phenomena” might be a better expression.


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