Will stopping the light-dependent phase of photosynthesis affect the light-independent phase?

1 Answer
Aug 6, 2016

Yes. The light independent reactions are dependent on the light reactions.


The light dependent reactions of photosynthesis produce energy in the form of ATP, and the electron carrier molecule NADPH, which are needed for the light independent reactions. If the light dependent reactions are stopped, there will be no ATP and NADPH for the light independent reactions, and the plant will die.