Antenna complex

The antenna complex is a light-harvesting membrane-associated aggregate of proteins and photosensitive pigments such as chlorophyll and carotenoids. They are situated inside the chloroplasts of photosynthetic organisms, capture the energy from light, and transfer it to the reaction centre where chemical reactions take place.

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    The core of the photosynthetic complex photosystem I had been assumed to require contact with its associated light-harvesting complex I to function. But a mutant Arabidopsis line lacking the components of this complex shows that a plant's photosynthetic apparatus is more adaptable to changes in its environment than previously thought.

    • Dario Leister
    Nature Plants 2, 16135