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Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology Volume 5, Issue 1, February 1975, Pages 19-26

doi:10.1016/0048-3575(75)90039-5 | How to Cite or Link Using DOI Copyright 1975 Published by Elsevier Inc.

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The effect of some heavy metal ions on photosynthesis in a freshwater alga Julian Overnell Natural Environment Research Council, Institute of Marine Biochemistry, Aberdeen AB1 3RA, United Kingdom Received 4 March 1974; accepted 13 May 1974. Available online 01 December 2004.

The effect of the following metals: copper, cadmium, lead, mercury, methyl mercury, and thallium, and the herbicide 3(3,4-dichlorophenyl)1,1-dimethylurea on (a) the light-induced oxygen evolution, (b) the Hill reaction (water dichlorophenol-indophenol), and (c) a modified Mehler reaction (dichlorophenol-indophenol methyl viologen) was studied with the freshwater alga Chlamydomonas reinhardii. The light-induced oxygen evolution of whole cells was found to be very sensitive to the cadmium ion, but this ion was almost without effect on the Hill reaction and the modified Mehler reaction. The light-induced oxygen evolution was also very sensitive to methyl mercury and lead.