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Algologia 2019, 29(4): 404–420
https://doi.org/10.15407/alg29.04.404
Physiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics

The content of pigments and photosynthetic activity of Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck (Chlorophyta) when exposed to sodium selenite, zinc sulphate, and chromium chloride

Bodnar O.I.1, Herts A.I.1, Herts N.V.2, Grubinko V.V.1
Abstract

The content of photosynthetic pigments, their ratio and primary photosynthesis processes in Chlorella vulgaris were investigated by the combined and separate action of salts of trace elements Selenium (sodium selenite), Zinc (zinc sulfate) and Chromium (chromium chloride). The tendency to increase the total content of chlorophylls a and b and carotenoids with all options for the impact of trace elements was revealed. The combined action of Selenium and Zinc demonstrated the most noticeable effect. At the same time, the chlorophyll a/b ratio decreased as a result of the increase in the chlorophyll b content. As the chlorophyll fluorescence induction parameters changed, the level of non-photochemical chlorophyll quenching (NPQt) in the joint action of the salts of Selenium and Chromium increased. However, an increase in the relative content of chlorophyll and a slight change in the probable rate of loss of linear electron flow (LEF) in the action of the studied salts reveal the functioning of mechanisms to ensure the stability of the photosynthetic apparatus in C. vulgaris and prevent its inactivation.

Keywords: Chlorella vulgaris, pigments, Selenium, Zinc, Chromium, fluorescence chlorophyll induction

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