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Chlorophyll a Fluorescence

A Signature of Photosynthesis

  • George Christos Papageorgiou
  • Govindjee


  • Deals with successful application of the use of chlorophyll fluorescence

  • Detailed studies in the laboratory have been extended to measurement of total photosynthesis of cell, leaves, plants and plant ecosystems and also explains mechanisms for photoprotection of plants


Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. George Christos Papageorgiou
    Pages 43-63
  3. Neil R. Baker, Kevin Oxborough
    Pages 65-82
  4. Rienk van Grondelle, Bas Gobets
    Pages 107-132
  5. Shigeru Itoh, Kana Sugiura
    Pages 231-250
  6. David M. Kramer, Thomas J. Avenson, Atsuko Kanazawa, Jeffrey A. Cruz, Boris Ivanov, Gerald E. Edwards
    Pages 251-278
  7. Reto J. Strasser, Merope Tsimilli-Michael, Alaka Srivastava
    Pages 321-362
  8. Ladislav Nedbal, John Whitmarsh
    Pages 389-407

About this book


Chlorophyll a Fluorescence: A Signature of Photosynthesis highlights chlorophyll (Chl) a fluorescence as a convenient, non-invasive, highly sensitive, rapid and quantitative probe of oxygenic photosynthesis. Thirty-one chapters, authored by 58 international experts, provide a solid foundation of the basic theory, as well as of the application of the rich information contained in the Chl a fluorescence signal as it relates to photosynthesis and plant productivity. Although the primary photochemical reactions of photosynthesis are highly efficient, a small fraction of absorbed photons escapes as Chl fluorescence, and this fraction varies with metabolic state, providing a basis for monitoring quantitatively various processes of photosynthesis. The book explains the mechanisms with which plants defend themselves against environmental stresses (excessive light, extreme temperatures, drought, hyper-osmolarity, heavy metals and UV). It also includes discussion on fluorescence imaging of leaves and cells and the remote sensing of Chl fluorescence from terrestrial, airborne, and satellite bases. The book is intended for use by graduate students, beginning researchers and advanced undergraduates in the areas of integrative plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, plant biology, biochemistry, biophysics, plant physiology, global ecology and agriculture.


Chlorophyll Fluorescence Photosynthesis Plant physiology Transport biochemistry physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • George Christos Papageorgiou
    • 1
  • Govindjee
    • 2
  1. 1.National Center for Scientific Research DemokritosGreece
  2. 2.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Chlorophyll a Fluorescence
  • Book Subtitle A Signature of Photosynthesis
  • Editors G.C. Papageorgiou
  • Series Title Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3217-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-3882-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3218-9
  • Series ISSN 1572-0233
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 818
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biochemistry, general
    Plant Biochemistry
    Plant Physiology
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From the reviews:

"...The subtitle of the book is very significant. Rather than merely describing in vivo Chla spectra, as the main title might imply, the book does concentrate on the "signature of photosynthesis" theme. The editors thereby create a highly practical textbook on the optical aspects of photosynthesis itself. " (Robert S. Knox, Photosynth. Res. 2005)

"...This excellently composed book is primarily intended for readers from advanced undergraduates to researchers in plant sciences, microbiology, biochemistry and biophysics. It can be widely recommended to a large readership and is much welcomed by the scientific community. For many years to come, this book will be the basic standard work on Chl fluorescence providing not only a broad overview on all aspects and application possibilities but – in addition - it will be the starting point for future research in this fascinating field of photosynthetic energy conversion and plant biology." (Claus Buschmann, J.Plant Physiol. 2005)

"...This book is one of the most comprehensive treatises on this subject. It is edited by .... two pioneers and leading experts in this field. The major importance of the present volume lies in providing the readers the wide spectrum of use of Chl a fluorescence technique and giving considerable guideline for its numerous applications. The book is, therefore, likely to satisfy both the professional and general readers." (B. Vani, S.R. Mishra and G.B. Kashpuri, Ind.J.Biochem. Biophys.2005)

"...This 19th volume of the series on Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration (Series editor: Govindjee) is dedicated to L.N.M. Duysens whose simple, but elegant, experiments in the 1950s-1960s established the conceptual framework of the theoretical developments and several techniques related to the measurements of Chlorophyll (Chl) fluorescence and their diverse variants. The content of this magnificent volume is replete with such instances. The book is a mine of information with lucid treatment of many aspects of fluorescence and photosynthesis that are significant in pure and applied fields. I have no doubt that the book will remain in vogue for many years to come and eventually end up as a classic reference decades later when the technologies overtake the contemporary levels so well discussed in this magnificent encyclopedic work. "(Swapan K. Bhattacharjee, Current Science. 2005)

"The editors have assembled a constellation of stars to illuminate the field of chlorophyll fluorescence. Any one even remotely interested in the subject will want to have a copy in their university or institute library … ." (Anthony W.D. Larkum, Phycologia, Vol. 45 (4), 2006)

“This encyclopaedic treatment of chlorophyll α fluorescence is Volume 19 in the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration series … . This is a large volume … amply illustrated and with several colour plates collected at the front … . Production is of a high quality … . this volume a very attractive purchase for the individual. … reference source for a multitude of information on this aspect of photosynthesis. It will be of huge value to students, postdocs and researchers embarking in this area.” (Malcolm J. Hawkesford, Biochemist e-volution, February, 2010)