Photosynthesis research vol:49 issue:3 pages:263-268
Picosecond time-resolved fluorescence measurements have been performed as a function of emission wavelengths in order to investigate the possible functional differences between monomeric and trimeric Photosystem I (PS I) particles from a cyanobacterium Synechocystis. Applying global analysis, four kinetic components were found necessary to describe the fluorescecne decay for both monomers and trimers of PS I. The lifetimes and spectra of the respective components are quite similar, indicating that they can be attributed to identical processes in both the monomers and trimers. It is concluded that both forms of PS I are capable of efficient energy transfer and charge separation, in agreement with a physiological role of both forms. Small differences in the fluorescence decays are discussed in terms of a slightly higher ratio of red emitting pigments per reaction centre in trimers of PS I. A comparison to Synechococcus PS I particles reveals the higher red chlorophyll content of the latter.