How does light frequency affect the rate of photosynthesis?

1 Answer
May 27, 2016

Any frequency outside of the range required by chlorophyll for energy conversion will result in a loss of photosynthesis activity.


Chlorophyll (actually the pigments of related cyanobacteria and chloroplasts) can only use certain frequencies of light to provide the energy needed for photosynthesis. Thus, any frequencies outside of a relatively narrow band will not be used for photosynthesis, thus reducing the rate of photosynthesis if the required frequencies are not available.
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