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Agricultural Reviews
Year : 2000, Volume : 21, Issue : 4
First page : ( 255) Last page : ( 260)
Print ISSN : 0253-1496.

Some biotic and abiotic factors affecting chloroplast structure and chlorophyll content in bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) – A review

Maiti R.K., Wesche-Ebeling Pedro, Nunez-Gonzalez Adriana1, Moreno-Limon S.L.1, Hernandez-Pinero J.L.1, Cadenas-Avila Maria Luisa1

Universidad de las Americas, Depto. Quimica y Biologia, AP. 78, Santa Catarina Martir, C.P. 72820, Puebla, Mexico.

1Present Address: Division de Estudios de Posgrado, Facultad de Biologia, UANL, AP. F-16, San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L., Mexico.


This paper briefly discusses the ontogeny and ultrastructure of bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) chloroplasts and the effects of some biotic and abiotic stress factors on chloroplast ultrastructure. It is assessed that all stress factors cause chloroplast structure modifications such as dilation of the whole chloroplast, separation of grana, and the accumulation of starch granules. All these anomalies have a direct impact on the photosynthetic capacity of chloroplast.


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