Chloroplast and Plant Pigments

Chloroplast and Plant Pigments

This lecture explores the role of chloroplasts and photosynthetic pigments in plants. The different wavelengths of visible light and their interactions with plant cells are also discussed.

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1. CHLOROPLAST Class lecture for B.Sc. students Dr. Yogendra Singh Thakur Botany

2. Different wavelengths of visible light are seen by the human eye as different colors. WHY ARE PLANTS GREEN? WHY ARE PLANTS GREEN? Gamma rays X-rays UV Infrared Micro- waves Radio waves Visible light Wavelength (nm)

3. WHY ARE PLANTS GREEN? WHY ARE PLANTS GREEN? Plant Cells have Green Chloroplasts The thylakoid membrane of the chloroplast is impregnated with photosynthetic pigments (i.e., chlorophylls, carotenoids).

4. Chloroplasts absorb light energy and convert it to chemical energy Light Reflected light Absorbed light Transmitted light Chloroplast THE COLOR OF LIGHT SEEN IS THE COLOR NOT ABSORBED

5. The location and structure of chloroplasts LEAF CROSS SECTION MESOPHYLL CELL LEAF Chloroplast Mesophyll CHLOROPLAST Intermembrane space Outer membrane Inner membrane Thylakoid compartment Thylakoid Stroma Granum Stroma Grana

6. It is a type of plastids Plastids: A group of plant and algal membrane- bound organelles that include Amyloplasts , Chromoplasts and Chloroplasts . Chloroplasts

7. Amyloplasts : (Amylo= starch) colorless plastids that store starch; found in roots and tubers. Chromoplasts : (chromo=color) plastids containing pigments other than chlorophyll; responsible for the orange and yellow color of fruits, flowers and autumn leaves. Chloroplasts: (Chloro= green) Chlorophyll-containing plastids which are the sites of photosynthesis Found in eukaryotic algae, leaves and other green plant organs Are lens-shaped and measure about 2 m by 5 m Are dynamic structures that change shape, move and divide.

8. Ultra structure of chloroplast 1. Chloroplast membrane 2. Stroma or Matrix 3.Grana 4. Lamellae Stroma lamellae Grana lamellae- Thylakoid -chlorophyll- quantasomes 5. Osmiophilic granules 6. Ribosomes 7. DNA & RNA

11. Chlorophyll is found in the thylakoid membranes Thylakoid membrane---one Quntosome---230chl molecules+40- 50 carotinoids Thylakoids function in the steps of photosynthesis that initially convert light energy to chemical energy Some thylakoids are stacked into grana Grana : (Singular: granum) Stacks of thylakoids in a chloroplast 3. Stroma: Photosynthetic reactions that convert carbon dioxide to sugar occur in the stroma. Stroma: Viscous fluid outside the thylakoids

12. Photosynthetic unit -Quantasomes Have two zones- 1. Peripheral zone- contains pigment molecules 2. Middle or Energy zone Chemical components:- Chl. A, chl. B, Beta carotine, vialoxanthin, neoxanthin, plastoquinone a,b,c, vitamin k, phaspholipids, nitrogen, Mn, Fe, Cu etc.

13. Chemical Composition Protein- 35-55% Lipids-20-30% Carbohydrates- 4-7% Pigments 9-13% Osmiophilic granules Few amount- Nucleic acid, Vitamin K and E, Mg, Fe, Cu, Mn, Zn, P etc. 70s Ribosomes, Enzymes, RNA -5% DNA

14. Chloroplast DNA: Plastid DNAs are circular duplex molecules with a total length of 45 mm. Non Histone Each plastid consists of 6-30 copies of circular DNAs and most of them are in super coiled state. Based on its genomic size, it has been calculated that each cp DNA molecule can code for about 110-120 proteins.

15. Chloroplast Pigments Pigments:- Chlorophyll and Carotinoides. 1 . Chlorophyll- chl. a,b,c,d,e Bacteriochlorophyll a and b Bacteropviridin Chlorophyll:- a-C 55 H 72 O 5 N 4 Mg b-C 55 H 72 O 6 N 4 Mg

16. Chl.- Porphyrin head & Hydrocarbon chain

17. 2. Carotenoids Carotins Xanthophylls C 40 H 56

18. Function Photosynthesis Production site of assimilatory power Participate in Photorespiration Protein synthesis Lipid metabolism Cellular respiration Starch Other organic compounds Cellulose

19. Origin of chloroplsat: Endosymbiotic theory Autonoumous theory