Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology
versão On-line ISSN 1677-9452
EL-SHEEKH, M.M.; EL-NAGGAR, A.H.; OSMAN, M.E.H. e EL-MAZALY, E.. Effect of cobalt on growth, pigments and the photosynthetic electron transport in Monoraphidium minutum and Nitzchia perminuta. Braz. J. Plant Physiol. [online]. 2003, vol.15, n.3, pp.159-166. ISSN 1677-9452. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1677-04202003000300005.
The unicellular green alga Monoraphidium minutum and the diatom Nitzschia perminuta were cultured under different concentrations of Co2+. Growth and pigment content were slightly increased at low concentrations and inhibited by high Co2+ concentrations. The results concerning the effect of different concentrations of Co2+ on photosynthetic O2 evolution showed a reduction in the amount of O2 evolved by each alga in response to increasing Co2+ concentrations. However, an increase in O2 evolution for both M. minutum and N. perminuta was observed at relatively low Co2+ concentrations. Photosynthetic electron transport in M. minutum was more sensitive to Co2+ toxicity than in N. perminuta. On the other hand, the effect of the heavy metal on respiration showed that higher Co2+ concentrations were inhibitory to O2 uptake by the two algal species. Low Co2+ concentrations stimulated O2 uptake by M. minutum throughout the experimental period. However, in N. perminuta, different concentrations of Co2+ led to a reduction of O2 uptake. To localize the action site of Co2+ in the photosynthetic electron transport chain, the fluorescence induction technique was carried out. According to the results obtained, the inhibitory action of Co2+ is located on the acceptor side of PSII for both M. minutum and N. perminuta.
Palavras-chave : cobalt; diatoms; green algae; pigments; photosynthesis.