Photoreception and Sensory Transduction in Aneural Organisms

  • Francesco Lenci
  • Giuliano Colombetti

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Michael J. Carlile
    Pages 1-22
  3. Mary Ella Feinleib
    Pages 45-68
  4. Rainer Hertel
    Pages 89-105
  5. Giuliano Colombetti, Francesco Lenci
    Pages 173-188
  6. Pill-Soon Song, Edward B. Walker, Min Joong Yoon
    Pages 241-252
  7. Vincent Massey
    Pages 253-269
  8. Peter Hemmerich, Werner Schmidt
    Pages 271-283
  9. Bruno A. Melandri, Giovanni Venturoli
    Pages 285-301
  10. Giuliano Colombetti, Francesco Lenci
    Pages 341-354
  11. Donat-P. Häder
    Pages 355-372
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 405-422

About this book


This book collects all the lectures presented during the NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Photoreception and Sensory Transduction in Aneura1 Organisms," held in Villa Le Pianore (Versi1ia, Italy), September 3-14, 1979. In order to publish the lectures in the shortest possible time, we had to make the decision not to include the free communications, the informal seminars, and the panel discussions, notwithstanding their very high scientific level and interest. Only the final panel discussion has been summarized by Prof. W. Haupt (whose effort we gratefully acknowledge), because it gives a comprehensive view of the state of the art in this field. The ASI was intended to be a high-level course, characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the problem of photoreception and photosensory physiology in aneural organisms, bringing together scientists from different fields and specializations. We hope that these characteristics are reflected in the content of the book, which is meant to be both an advanced textbook for researchers and students entering the field and a critical overview of the problems of photosensory transduction in aneura1 organisms. The topics pre­ sented range from a phenomenological description of the different photomotile responses in various microorganisms to a discussion of the molecular processes involved in the primary events of photo­ reception as well as in the subsequent steps of the transduction chain.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Francesco Lenci
    • 1
  • Giuliano Colombetti
    • 1
  1. 1.Consiglio Nazionale delle RicerchePisaItaly

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