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NADPH is produced in photosynthesis during
A) Dark reaction
B) Non-cyclic photophosphorylation
C) Pseudocyclic photophosphorylation
D) Cyclic photophosphorylation

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Hint: NADPH is a cofactor which is used to donate electrons and hydrogen to reactions that are catalysed by enzymes. Typically, enzymes involved in anabolic pathways that result in large molecules use NADPH.

Complete Answer:
NADPH stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate hydrogen. It is a product of the first stage of photosynthesis and is used to fuel reactions in the second stage of photosynthesis. In the Calvin cycle, atmospheric carbon dioxide is infused into already existing organic carbon compounds, like ribulose bisphosphate (RuBP). Using the ATP and NADPH produced by the light-dependent reactions, the resulting compounds are reduced and removed to form further carbohydrates, like glucose. The phosphorylation of ADP to form ATP using the energy of sunlight is called photophosphorylation.
Non-cyclic photophosphorylation is a two-stage process involving two different chlorophyll photosystems. Initially, a water molecule is broken down into ${2}{H+ }+{1/2}{O}_{2}+{2}{e− }$ by a process called photolysis. Only the two electrons from the water molecule are kept in photosystem II. Then a photon is absorbed by chlorophyll pigments. The light excites the electrons of each pigment initiating a chain reaction which eventually transfers energy to the core of photosystem II. This excites the two electrons that were transferred to the primary electron acceptor, pheophytin. The deficit of electrons is compensated by taking electrons from another molecule of water. The highly excited electrons are transferred to the acceptor molecule, but this time are passed on to an enzyme called Ferredoxin-NADP+ reductase which uses them to catalyse the reaction:
${NADP+ }+{2}{H+ }+{2}{e− }→ {NADPH}+{H+}$

Hence option B) Non-cyclic photophosphorylation, is the correct answer

Note:
Chloroplasts in plants also use NADPH as a part of the pathway to synthesize sugars from sunlight and carbon dioxide. As in other reactions, NADPH helps carry electrons and protons driven by sunlight into new carbon-carbon bonds leading to the creation of sugar molecules.
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                Figure: NADPH generation in photosynthesis