By Carl Fedtke
Herbicides are a part of glossy agricultural creation platforms and accordingly give a contribution considerably to the economic system of agricultural items. while, herbicides are powerful and particular inhibitors of plant metabolism and should accordingly be used as important instruments in simple plant physiological learn. a well known instance is the photosynthesis-inhibiting herbicide diuron, recognized to plant physiologists as DCMU, which has develop into one of many necessities in glossy photosynthesis learn. equally, wisdom in different components of plant metabolism will be complicated by way of herbicides as particular inhibitors. This booklet describes the results of herbicides at the metabolism of upper crops from the point of view of the plant physiologist. the fabric of this e-book is accordingly, so far as attainable, divided into parts of metabolism. This publication intends (1) to give the reader with present wisdom and perspectives within the sector of herbicide modes of motion and (2) to advertise the long run use of herbicides as metabolic inhibitors in plant physiological learn to the good thing about either, the pesticide and the plant sciences. I desire to show my because of my colleagues and buddies Prof. N. Amrhein, Prof. E. Elstner, Dr. L. Eue, Dr. J. Konze, Dr. ok. Liirssen, Dr. W.Oettmeier, Dr. H. Quader, Dr. R. R. Schmidt, Dr. R. H. Shimabukuro, Dr. J. Stetter, Prof.
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LM diuron  (Fig. 18) deserves attention. Generally, the photosynthetic electron-transport system appears to be ten times more sensitive towards photosystem II herbicides than cyclic photophosphorylation. The reverse is true for the respiratory uncouplers (p. 115, Fig. 37). LM diuron, cyclic photophosphorylation processes might even be enhanced because the open electron transport from H 2 0 to NADP no longer competes with the cyclic electron transport (Fig. 21). For the understanding of this effect, it is relevant to envisage that the cyclic and noncyclic photosynthetic electron transport systems in part use the same electron transport chain (Fig.
G. 29 and Fig. 20). The sequence of participants in the photosynthetic electron transport chain as presented in Fig. 14 is arranged according to their redox potential. The redox jump generated by the absorption of light energy is at least one volt; two pigment systems are working in sequence in the generation of the redox potential necessary for the reduction of ferredoxin (Fd), a low molecular weight protein mediating electron transport at redox potentials around -300 to -450 mY. The exact redox potential and the exact molecular identity of X, the native electron acceptor for photosystem I, are not known.
The pka-values for several other photosystem II-inhibitors have also been reported . The site of inhibitory action of bentazone in the isolated chloroplast is the reducing side of photosystem II. Cyclic photophosphorylation is not inhibited. The different tolerance of crop and weed plants towards bentazone reflects differences in uptake and detoxification of the herbicide. The chloroplasts are equally sensitive when isolated from tolerant or from resistant plants. Whereas Retzlaff et al.  have reported that tolerant plants always take up less herbicide, Mine et al.