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BICD 120 Fall 2009 TA: Abraham Tang

Section: Wednesday 2-2:50PM, HSS 2321 abraham.h.tang@gmail.com

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Lecture 3
1. What are the six functions of the vacuole in plant cells?
2. Vacuoles are a site of pigment deposition, a specific example of which is?
3. Understand the concept of “maintaining cell turgor pressure” and be able to
reproduce it. How is maintaining cell turgor pressure beneficial to the plant?
4. Give examples of important ions and compounds that the vacuole regulates.
Secondary Metabolites
1. Alkaloids- Naturally occurring chemical compounds containing ________
2. Phenolics- Water soluble compounds containing __________
3. Terpenoids- largest class, includes carotenoids, contains __________
4. Which of these is considered the largest class? __________
History of Discoveries
1. Know the list of people who were mentioned in the “Historical Perspective” list
given in class. Know what they did or discovered, and the general chronological
order of the discoveries (Note: not necessarily the dates). Be clear on which
discoveries were “steps in the right direction” or were “in correct conclusions.”
Lecture 4
1. Regarding light absorption, what are the names of pigments involved? Which
pigments fall into primary vs accessory categories?
2. Be able to draw and explain the absorption spectra graph, “% of light absorbed
vs wavelength of light” as well as “rate of O2 produced vs wavelength light.”
3. Who was involved in the experiment with oxygen seeking bacteria and
filamentous green algae? Draw and explain the experiment done by this person.
4. Know the Z scheme and the equation involved in light reaction energetics.
5. How much quanta of light are involved in the Z scheme to transfer 4 electrons
during noncyclic photophosphorylation?
6. Have a general understanding of where things are taking place (back of Z
scheme handout).
7. What happens to the plant as a result of excess light absorption? This is a result
of accumulating reactive oxygen radicals. What pigment prevents damage from
O2 radicals?
8. What happens to LHC and chlorophyll b/a ratio in low light environments? High
light environments?
9. In C3 photosynthesis, how much ATP and NADPH is used per Carbon fixed?
Why called C3 photosynthesis? Who was involved in discovering this?

Psalm 103:15 (NKJV)

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.