Evidence for a phytochrome-mediated phototropism in etiolated pea seedlings. Academic Article uri icon


  • Entirely etiolated pea seedlings (Pisum sativum, L. cv Alaska) were tested for a phototropic response to short pulses of unilateral blue light. They responded with small curvatures resembling in fluence-dependence and kinetics of development a phytochrome-mediated phototropic response previously described in maize mesocotyls. Irradiations from above with saturating red or far-red light, either immediately before or after the unilateral phototropic stimulus, strongly reduced or eliminated subsequent positive phototropic curvature. Only blue light from above, however, entirely eliminated curvature at all fluences of stimulus. It is concluded that the phototropism is primarily a result of phytochrome action.

publication date

  • February 1989