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Cell Mol Life Sci. 1999 Feb;55(2):153-66.

Light perception in higher plants.

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  • 1FB Biologie/Botanik, Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg, Germany.


Photosynthetic plants depend on sunlight as their energy source. Thus, they need to detect the intensity, quality and direction of this critical environmental factor and to respond properly by optimizing their growth and development. Perception of light is accomplished by several photoreceptors including phytochromes, blue/ultraviolet (UV)-A and UV-B light photoreceptors. In recent years, genetic, molecular genetic and cell biological approaches have significantly increased our knowledge about the structure and function of the photoreceptors, and allowed the identification of several light signal transduction components. Furthermore, this research led to fruitful interaction between different disciplines, such as molecular biology and ecology. It is safe to assume that we can expect more milestones in this research field in the upcoming years.

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