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8D: Photosynthesis - The Light Reaction

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    Learning Objectives

    • described the mechanistic similarities between mitochondrial oxidative/phosophorylation in which NADH and FADH2 are regenerated on reduction of O2 and the light reaction of photosynthesis in which O2 and a reducing agent, NADPH are produced;
    • describe similarities in fluorescence resonance energy transfer and exciton transfer;
    • describe the difference in properties between chlorophylls acting as antennae and chlorophylls at the reaction center;
    • describe how sunlight driven excitation of chlorophyll molecules at the reaction center produces an oxidzing agent strong enough to oxide water and form O2, itself a powerful oxidizing agent;
    • explain the general flow of electrons from dioxgen to NADP+ through a series of mobile and membrane protein bound electron carriers in the Z scheme of electron transport in the chloroplast thylacoid membranes;
    • explain with picture diagrams how oxidation of H2O and phosphorylation reactions (to produce ATP) are coupled in in the Z scheme;

    This page titled 8D: Photosynthesis - The Light Reaction is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Henry Jakubowski.

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