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Lipids in Photosynthesis

Essential and Regulatory Functions

  • Hajime Wada
  • Norio Murata
  • Edited by two distinguished International scientists, Hajime Wada and Norio Murata

  • Provides an essential summary of an exciting decade of research on relationships between lipids and photosynthesis

  • Brings together extensively cross-referenced and peer-reviewed chapters by prominent researchers

  • Sequel to previous volume on Lipids, Volume 6 in this series, which begame a classic in its field


Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Hajime Wada, Norio Murata
    Pages 1-9
  3. Adrian P. Brown, Antoni R. Slabas, John B. Rafferty
    Pages 11-34
  4. Mie Shimojima, Hiroyuki Ohta, Yuki Nakamura
    Pages 35-55
  5. Radin Sadre, Margrit Frentzen
    Pages 57-76
  6. Ming Chen, Edgar B. Cahoon, Mariana Saucedo-García, Javier Plasencia, Marina Gavilanes-Ruíz
    Pages 77-115
  7. Reimund Goss, Christian Wilhelm
    Pages 117-137
  8. Eric R. Moellering, Rachel Miller, Christoph Benning
    Pages 139-155
  9. Norihiro Sato, Hajime Wada
    Pages 157-177
  10. Koichiro Awai, Sigal Lechno-Yossef, C. Peter Wolk
    Pages 179-202
  11. Jan Kern, Athina Zouni, Albert Guskov, Norbert Krauß
    Pages 203-242
  12. Hajime Wada, Naoki Mizusawa
    Pages 243-263
  13. Peter Dörmann, Georg Hölzl
    Pages 265-282
  14. Conrad W. Mullineaux, Helmut Kirchhoff
    Pages 283-294
  15. Reinat Nevo, Silvia G. Chuartzman, Onie Tsabari, Ziv Reich, Dana Charuvi, Eyal Shimoni
    Pages 295-328
  16. Dmitry A. Los, Vladislav V. Zinchenko
    Pages 329-348
  17. Juliette Jouhet, Emmanuelle Dubots, Eric Maréchal, Maryse A. Block
    Pages 349-372
  18. Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev, Dmitry A. Los, Norio Murata
    Pages 373-388

About this book


This book provides an essential summary of an exciting decade of research on relationships between lipids and photosynthesis.  This book, designed both for scientists whose work focuses on photosynthesis and lipids and for graduate students who are developing an interest in the field, brings together extensively cross-referenced and peer-reviewed chapters by 52 prominent researchers, from 9 countries.  The topics covered include the structure, molecular organization and biosynthesis of fatty acids, glycerolipids and non-glycerolipids in plants, mosses, lichens, algae, and cyanobacteria, as well as in chloroplasts and mitochondria.  Several chapters deal with the manipulation of the extent of unsaturation of fatty acids and the effects of such manipulation on photosynthesis and responses to various forms of stress.  The final chapters focus on lipid trafficking, signaling and advanced analytical techniques.  Ten years ago, Paul André Siegenthaler and Norio Murata had edited "Lipids in Photosynthesis: Structure, Function and Genetics," which has been a unique and an authoritative book in the field.  The current new volume belongs, beside its predecessor, on every plant and microbiological researcher's bookcase.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hajime Wada
    • 1
  • Norio Murata
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and ScienceUniversity of TokyoJapan
  2. 2.National Institute for Basic BiologyOkazakiJapan

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From the reviews:

“This volume of AIPH is useful in that it addresses a wide spectrum of readers as well as the researchers in the field, just as volume 6 did. It would be an attractive addition to the graduate student and research scholar’s desks. … this book is definitely very timely and much needed for plant scientists, microbiologists and agricultural scientists. … We recommend this book to all university and research libraries around the world. It is a value added book of the AIPH series.” (Prasanna Mohanty and Jogadhenu Syamsundar Prakash, Current Science, Vol. 99 (8), April, 2010)

“Lipids in photosynthesis is essential reading in a currently fast-changing topic. … it does provide an interesting and useful overview to most of the lipid pathways. The detail of each chapter, sometimes usefully placed in a historical context, is outstanding and very well referenced to the original literature. This detailed referencing, as well as the well-edited style of the book, will make this not only of technical importance but also a useful and authoritative text book on the subject for advanced students and academics.” (Matthew P. Davey and Alison G. Smith, Annals of Botany, Vol. 111 (3), March, 2013)