Quantum Yield of Oxygen Evolution and the Emerson Enhancement Effect in Deuterated Chlorella

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Science  03 Jun 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3727, pp. 1383-1385
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3727.1383


The maximum quantum yield of oxygen evolution in deuterated chlorella is found to be 0.075, while normal chlorella showed, in parallel experiments, a value of 0.10. Deuterated Chlorella vulgaris showed a decline in the quantum yield of oxygen evolution ("red drop") beginning at 680 millimicrons and a clear Emerson enhancement effect qualitatively similar to that obtained in normal chlorella cells. However, the ratio of quantumn yield at 680 to that at 710 millimicrons was about 1.5 times higher in normal than in deuterated chlorella cells. Action spectra of the Emerson enhancement effect in deuterated chlorella also are qualitatively similar to those of normal cells.