Title

Long-distance translocation of photosynthates: a primer.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Source

Photosynthesis Research

Volume

117

Issue

1-3

Inclusive pages

189-196

DOI

doi: 10.1007/s11120-013-9867-5

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The storage of light energy in chemical form through photosynthesis is the key process underlying life as we know it. To utilize photosynthates efficiently as structural materials or as fuel to drive endergonic processes, they have to be transported from where they are produced to where they are needed. In this primer, we provide an overview of basic biophysical concepts underlying our current understanding of the mechanisms of photosynthate long-distance transport, and briefly discuss current developments in the field.

Keywords

Review Article, Cytoplasmic streaming, Münch flow, Münch hypothesis, Phloem transport, Sieve tube, Symplasmic transport

Disciplines

Biology