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Bioenergetic Processes of Cyanobacteria

From Evolutionary Singularity to Ecological Diversity

  • Guenter A. Peschek
  • Christian Obinger
  • Gernot Renger
  • Provides a comprehensive and updated description of our current knowledge in the bioenergetics of cyanobacteria

  • Of great value for active researchers and graduate students who are interested in entering this fascinating field of life sciences


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Cyanobacteria and Their Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jürgen M. Steiner, Wolfgang Löffelhardt
      Pages 71-87
    3. Roschen Sasikumar, Jijoy Joseph, Günter A. Peschek
      Pages 89-107
    4. Gernot Falkner, Renate Falkner
      Pages 109-130
    5. Hermann Bothe, Oliver Schmitz, M. Geoffrey Yates, William E. Newton
      Pages 137-157
    6. Marcel Zamocky, Margit Bernroitner, Günter A. Peschek, Christian Obinger
      Pages 159-185
  3. Cyanobacteria—The First Electric Power Plants (“Discovery” of Biological Electron Transport, the Clue to Most Efficient Bioenergetic Processes)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Mamoru Mimuro, Tohru Tsuchiya, Kohei Koyama, Günter A. Peschek
      Pages 211-238
  4. Cyanobacteria and Light: Oxygenic Photosynthesis (and Other Uses of Light)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Petra Fromme, Ingo Grotjohann
      Pages 285-335
    3. Eitan Salomon, Gernot Renger, Nir Keren
      Pages 423-442
  5. Electron Entry (Dehydrogenation)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443

About this book


This publication is unique among a number of books on cyanobacteria because it focuses on the bioenergetics of these widespread organisms which are the evolutionary prerequisite for the development of all higher forms of life on our "blue" planet. The book primarily addresses questions of energy conversion by the fundamental bioenergetic processes: (oxygenic) photosynthesis, (aerobic) respiration, and (anaerobic) fermentation which uniquely occur together in these prokaryotic cells. Thermophilic cyanobacteria offer the most suitable material for high resolution structure analyses of Photosystem I and II and other electron transport complexes by X-ray crystallography (for example, at present the structure of Photosystem II at atomic resolution is only known for these organisms). These achievements during the last decade represent a milestone in our understanding of the complexes which are crucial for solar energy exploitation through photosynthetic water splitting. The present work represents an ambitious attempt to achieve the goal of a synoptic state-of-the-art picture by casting together the mosaics of detailed knowledge described by leading experts in the field. It contains 24 chapters written by 35 authors from Europe, USA, India and Japan. The book is aimed at reaching a broad audience ranging from students to experienced scientists. The editors wish all readers a pleasant and stimulating journey through the fascinating “world” of the bioenergetics of cyanobacteria and sincerely hope that this book will not only be of great value for the experts but also entice young people into this exciting research area with the aim to address successfully the challenging problems of high relevance that are still waiting for a satisfactory answer.


Bioenergetics Cyanobacteria Evolution Genetics Photosynthesis and Respiration

Editors and affiliations

  • Guenter A. Peschek
    • 1
  • Christian Obinger
    • 2
  • Gernot Renger
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. Physikalische Chemie, Molecular Bioenergetics GroupUniv. WienWienAustria
  2. 2.Department für Chemie, Abteilung für BiochemieUniversität für Bodenkultur WienWienAustria
  3. 3.Fak. II Mathematik/Naturwissenschaften, Institut für ChemieTU BerlinBerlinGermany

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From the reviews:

“This volume focuses on ways that cyanobacteria handle protons and electrons. … This well-produced volume includes many essential color illustrations of structures and mechanisms throughout. It is well written, mainly from a European perspective, and provides an interesting history of ideas and theories about many aspects of energy flow in cyanobacteria, as well as good reviews of evolutionary history as deduced by study of ‘primitive’ or primordial extant species. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (L. C. Davis, Choice, Vol. 49 (10), June, 2012)