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Functional Genomics and Evolution of Photosynthetic Systems

  • Robert Burnap
  • Wim Vermaas


  • Unique synopsis of the state-of-the-art of scientific research

  • Numerous examples of broadly applicable bioinformatic techniques

  • Illustrates the connections between scientific information from the molecular to ecosystem levels


Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. David M. Ward, Christian G. Klatt, Jason Wood, Frederick M. Cohan, Donald A. Bryant
    Pages 1-16
  3. Donald A. Bryant, Zhenfeng Liu, Tao Li, Fangqing Zhao, Amaya M. Garcia Costas, Christian G. Klatt et al.
    Pages 47-102
  4. You Chen, C. Kay Holtman, Arnaud Taton, Susan S. Golden
    Pages 119-137
  5. Arthur R. Grossman, David González-Ballester, Shaun Bailey, Steven J. Karpowicz, Sabeeha S. Merchant
    Pages 139-176
  6. Thomas E. Hanson, Birgit E. Alber, F. Robert Tabita
    Pages 225-251
  7. Andrew S. Lang, Caroline S. Harwood, J. Thomas Beatty
    Pages 253-264
  8. Bharat Jagannathan, Gaozhong Shen, John H. Golbeck
    Pages 285-316
  9. Aparna Nagarajan, Robert L. Burnap
    Pages 317-344
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 383-392

About this book


Recent advances in the genomics of photosynthetic organisms, coupled with increased understanding photosynthetic mechanisms, provides new perspectives on the function and evolution of the photosynthetic mechanisms.  Correspondingly, a central theme of the book is the application of comparative methods that exploit the explosive growth in biological sequence data to inform our understanding of the operation and evolution of photosynthetic mechanisms.  Since many of the relevant structures and pathways are increasingly well-understood, a goal is to integrate the genomics with this structural and mechanistic knowledge.


Bioinformatics Genomics Photosynthesis Solar energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Burnap
    • 1
  • Wim Vermaas
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Microbiology & Molecular GeneticsOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA
  2. 2.School of Life Sciences &, Center for Bioenergy & PhotosynthesisArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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From the reviews:

“This book is an excellent synopsis of current thinking about evolution of photosynthesis on different system levels. … It gives an excellent introduction into the recent literature and the controversial debate on the evolution of the variety of photosynthetic systems we know today. The book is not only highly relevant for research scientists working on the different aspects of photosynthesis, but also for graduate students interested in molecular plant biology, and it can be strongly recommended.” (Martin Hagemann, Annals of Botany, Vol. 111 (3), March, 2013)