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Plastid Biology, Energy Conversion and Carbon Assimilation

  • Julian J. Eaton-Rye
  • Baishnab C. Tripathy
  • Thomas D. Sharkey

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin F. Hohmann-Marriott, Robert E. Blankenship
      Pages 3-32
  3. Plastid Biochemistry and Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Denis Falconet
      Pages 35-61
    3. Baishnab C. Tripathy, Gopal K. Pattanayak
      Pages 63-94
    4. Klaas J. van Wijk
      Pages 151-173
    5. Wolfhart Rüdiger, Ulrike Oster
      Pages 175-190
    6. Maryse A. Block, Juliette Jouhet, Eric Maréchal, Olivier Bastien, Jacques Joyard
      Pages 191-216
    7. Basanti Biswal, Pranab K. Mohapatra, Udaya C. Biswal, Mukesh K. Raval
      Pages 217-230
  4. Photosynthetic Responses of Plants to Environmental Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Balázs Szalontai, Ildikó Domonkos, Zoltán Gombos
      Pages 233-250
    3. Prasanna Mohanty, Vladimir D. Kreslavski, Vyacheslav V. Klimov, Dmitry A. Los, Mamoru Mimuro, Robert Carpentier et al.
      Pages 251-274
    4. Mounia Heddad, Johannes Engelken, Iwona Adamska
      Pages 299-317
  5. Energy Conversion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331

About this book


Solar energy is the source of almost all life on this Earth. An important factor in increasing the production of biomass, bioenergy and biofuel, which is needed to solve the global energy crisis, is the overall efficiency of photosynthesis. To manipulate overall efficiency we must understand the basic reactions of photosynthesis. This volume (Photosynthesis: Plastid Biology, Energy Conversion and Carbon Assimilation) in the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration series provides a comprehensive view of the current understanding of photosynthesis; it is divided into several sections to help the readers see the broad categories of photosynthetic processes. The first twenty-nine chapters in this volume cover the topics central to our current understanding of Photosynthesis. An additional chapter focuses on historical aspects tracing the development of concepts in photosynthesis. A strong evolutionary thread runs through the chapters; evolutionary insights aid in understanding why photosynthesis today has so many of its special properties. In this volume readers will find discussions of the origins of photosynthesis through to the future of photosynthesis, both near term as affected by global change and even further, the prospects for engineering artificial photosynthesis. Readers will learn about bacteria that use just parts of the photosynthetic system found in plants and how duplication and specialization in a small number of progenitor pigments, and proteins, gave rise to the vast array of pigments and proteins that are found in photosynthetic systems today. This book is dedicated to Govindjee, the founding series editor, whose research contributions are enormous, and are included in the last three chapters of this book. This volume will be of interest to advanced undergraduates in plant biology, and plant biochemistry and to graduate students and instructors wanting a single reference volume on the latest understanding of the critical components of photosynthesis. For biologists, biochemists, and biophysicists, this volume will provide quick background understanding for the breadth of issues in photosynthesis that are important in research and instructional settings.


Carbon fixation Oxygen evolution Photosynthesis Solar energy capture by plants Sucrose biosynthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Julian J. Eaton-Rye
    • 1
  • Baishnab C. Tripathy
    • 2
  • Thomas D. Sharkey
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. BiochemistryUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesUniversity of New DelhiNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.East LansingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Photosynthesis
  • Book Subtitle Plastid Biology, Energy Conversion and Carbon Assimilation
  • Editors Julian J. Eaton-Rye
    Baishnab C. Tripathy
    Thomas D. Sharkey
  • Series Title Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adv.Photosynthesis,Resp.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-1578-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0479-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-1579-0
  • Series ISSN 1572-0233
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXVI, 856
  • Number of Illustrations 34 b/w illustrations, 60 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Sciences
    Plant Physiology
    Plant Biochemistry
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From the reviews:

“This is an excellent treatise that covers fundamental aspects of the photosynthetic processes … . Diagrams are clear, with some use of colour, and the text is well laid out. Each chapter ends with a useful bibliography to enable further investigation of primary sources. The book will be a valuable resource for advanced students, teachers and researchers of photosynthesis.” (Matthew Paul, Annals of Botany, Vol. 111 (2), February, 2013)