Response of growth, photosynthesis and photoinhibition of the edible cyanobacterium Nostoc sphaeroides colonies to thiobencarb herbicide

Jianrong Xia
Chemosphere 2005, 59 (4): 561-6
Effects of thiobencarb on growth, photosynthesis and photoinhibition of Nostoc sphaeroides colonies were examined. Thiobencarb concentrations higher than 2 mg/l led to a significant decrease in phycoerythrin, phycocyanin and allophycocyanin content, but no significant effect on chlorophyll a (chl a) content. Biomass yield, protein content and photosynthetic rate were reduced only in the highest thiobencarb concentration (10 mg/l). Colonies exposed to high thiobencarb dose (10 mg/l) were more sensitive to high light than those exposed to the control and 4 mg/l thiobencarb. Dim light induced recovery from photoinhibition to more great extent in colonies grown in the control and 4 mg/l thiobencarb than 10 mg/l thiobencarb. Darkness resulted in a insignificant recovery regardless of thiobencarb treatments.

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