• R. P. F. Gregory

Part of the Tertiary Level Biology book series (TLB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. R. P. F. Gregory
    Pages 1-12
  3. R. P. F. Gregory
    Pages 13-44
  4. R. P. F. Gregory
    Pages 45-60
  5. R. P. F. Gregory
    Pages 83-94
  6. R. P. F. Gregory
    Pages 95-110
  7. R. P. F. Gregory
    Pages 111-145
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 146-160

About this book


Photosynthesis--the capture of light energy by living organisms -is a simple enough concept, but its investigation draws on the resources of disciplines from all fields of science. The aim of this text is to provide a clear, stimulating and essentially affordable coverage for undergraduate students of biology. The activity of science is debate and practical experiment; its product is a body of propositions which at any given time reflects the judgment and prejudices of those taking part. The value of a proposition is related to the conceivable alternatives, and writing it down without its context creates the false impression that science progresses by compilation of an increasing list of absolute truths. It does not; the facts and figures pres­ ented in the following pages have no intrinsic value unless they can be used by the reader to support an argument or point of view. In short, the reader is urged to respond 'So what?' to every item. Secondly, ideas-like other foods-should be date-stamped; science is inseparable from its history. I have set out time-charts to represent the evolution of our understanding in certain areas. I have assumed that the reader is pursuing a course with a content of biochemistry, microbiology and plant science, or has access to basic texts. I have assumed also that common methods such as spectrophotometry, chromatography and electrophoresis, as well as the techniques of mol­ ecular biology, will be either part of the same course or in active use nearby.


ATP Chloroplast Photorespiration bacteria biology carbon cell biology cell nucleus photosynthesis protein proteins respiration synthesis transport water

Authors and affiliations

  • R. P. F. Gregory
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6662-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0391-3
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