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The Purple Phototrophic Bacteria

  • C. Neil Hunter
  • Fevzi Daldal
  • Marion C. Thurnauer
  • J. Thomas Beatty

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liv
  2. Physiology, Ecology and Evolution

    1. Michael T. Madigan, Deborah O. Jung
      Pages 1-15
    2. Vladimir Yurkov, Julius T. Csotonyi
      Pages 31-55
  3. Molecular Structure and Biosynthesis of Pigments and Cofactors

    1. Robert D. Willows, Alison M. Kriegel
      Pages 57-79
    2. Martin J. Warren, Evelyne Deery
      Pages 81-95
    3. Shinichi Takaichi
      Pages 97-117
    4. Banita Tamot, Christoph Benning
      Pages 119-134
  4. Antenna Complexes: Structure, Function and Organization

    1. Mads Gabrielsen, Alastair T. Gardiner, Richard J. Cogdell
      Pages 135-153
    2. Per A. Bullough, Pu Qian, C. Neil Hunter
      Pages 155-179
    3. Harry A. Frank, Tomáš Polívka
      Pages 213-230
    4. Rienk van Grondelle, Vladimir I. Novoderezhkin
      Pages 231-252
  5. Reaction Center Structure and Function

    1. Herbert Axelrod, Osamu Miyashita, Melvin Okamura
      Pages 323-336
    2. JoAnn C. Williams, James P. Allen
      Pages 337-353
    3. William W. Parson, Arieh Warshel
      Pages 355-377

About this book


The Purple Phototrophic Bacteria is a comprehensive survey of all aspects of these fascinating bacteria, the metabolically most versatile organisms on Earth. This volume is organized into the following sections: Physiology, Evolution and Ecology; Biosynthesis of Pigments, Cofactors and Lipids; Antenna Complexes: Structure, Function and Organization; Reaction Center Structure and Function; Cyclic Electron Transfer Components and Energy Coupling Reactions; Metabolic Processes; Genomics, Regulation and Signaling; and New Applications and Techniques. This book is a compilation of 48 authoritative chapters, written by leading experts who highlight the huge progress made in spectroscopic, structural and genetic studies of these bacteria since 1995, when the last book on this topic was published i.e.Anoxygenic Photosynthetic Bacteria, Volume 2 in the Series, edited by Robert E. Blankenship, Michael T. Madigan and Carl E. Bauer. This new volume is similarly intended to be the definitive text on these bacteria for many years to come, and it will be a valuable resource for experienced researchers, doctoral & masters students, as well as advanced undergraduates in the fields of ecology, microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics, integrative biology, and molecular & cell biology. Scientists interested in future applications of these bacteria which could harness their potential for nanotechnology, solar energy research, bioremediation, or as cell factories, will also find this book useful.


ATP Expression Lipid Mutation Phytochrome Proteobacteria Tetrapyrrole bacteria biochemistry evolution metabolism microbiology photosynthesis physiology systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Neil Hunter
    • 1
  • Fevzi Daldal
    • 2
  • Marion C. Thurnauer
    • 3
  • J. Thomas Beatty
    • 4
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaUSA
  3. 3.Argonne National LaboratoryUSA
  4. 4.University of British ColumbiaCanada

About the editors

C. Neil Hunter is an authority on the biosynthesis of bacteriochlorophylls, chlorophylls and carotenoids and on the assembly and organization of bacterial photosynthetic membranes. Fevzi Daldal is an authority on the structure, function, regulation, proteomics and biogenesis of membrane cytochromes in Rhodobacter species. Marion C. Thurnauer is an authority on the analysis of reaction center photochemistry by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. J. Thomas Beatty is an authority on many aspects of photosynthetic bacteria; their ecology and regulation of gene expression, as well as biochemical and functional analysis of photosynthetic complexes.

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From the reviews:

“The present book contains 48 authoritative contributions from more than 100 experts on all aspects of purple phototrophic bacteria. … will be a useful volume for guidance. In summary, this book typifies about biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, eco-physiology and evolution of purple photorophic bacteria. … This book, as rightfully claimed, shall have a long shelf-life in serving researchers, teachers and students as a reliable resource of references. We strongly recommend this book to all libraries around the world.” (Prasanna Mohanty and Sujata R. Mishra, Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, Vol. 47, September, 2009)

“Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration Series brings a new comprehensive review of Purple Phototrophic Bacteria. … In any case the new book has all the qualities to become a new great successor of all the previous reviews of this field … . I am confident that it will represent a new basic text on anoxygenic phototrophs for many years to come, and it will become a basic source of reference and knowledge for experienced researchers as well as for students … .” (M. Koblížek, Photosynthetica, Vol. 47 (3), 2009)