Mutants as Tools for the Elucidation of Photosynthetic Processes

  • Christa Critchley
  • Warwick Bottomley
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


Genetic, biochemical and physiological analyses of photosynthetic mutants have been used for many years in attempts to broaden our understanding of the structure-function relationships of the photosynthetic apparatus. The recent development of molecular biology has given us some insight into the primary structure of plant genes and is providing the techniques for the investigation of the molecular basis of mutations which were previously only detectable through their phenotypic expression. In spite of these advances we still have little understanding of the mechanisms regulating the expression of these genes. The use of recombinant DNA techniques in directly probing and manipulating the molecular pathways responsible for particular aspects of plant performance, such as photosynthesis, may lead to significant advances in our knowledge and understanding of these processes.


Large Subunit Small Subunit Chloroplast Genome Photo System Bisphosphate Carboxylase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christa Critchley
    • 1
  • Warwick Bottomley
    • 2
  1. 1.Botany Department, The FacultiesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.CSIRO Division of Plant IndustryCanberraAustralia

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