A kinetic model is described consisting of two sequential first order processes connected by two parallel reaction pathways, one of which is light-catalyzed. A change in light flux changes the rate constant of the light-dependent process, whereupon the levels of two chemical intermediaries readjust. The model's output duplicates all the main features of the cell's light-growth and dark-growth responses except their latent periods. An asymmetric modification of the model reproduces the two types of phototropic inversion discovered by Reichardt and Varjú and by Dennison. Simple exponential equations describe these responses of the model, as well as the theoretical course of its light and dark adaptation. It is concluded that adaptation in Phycomyces consist in the photocatalytic adjustment of the level of a metabolic reservoir.

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