The Science of Light and Life

  • Lars Olof Björn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 45-63
  3. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 65-85
  4. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 87-95
  5. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 97-114
  6. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 115-151
  7. Lars Olof Björn, Pirjo Huovinen
    Pages 219-238
  8. Lars Olof Björn, Richard L. McKenzie
    Pages 239-263
  9. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 265-280
  10. Mary Norval
    Pages 281-298
  11. Jim L. Weller, Richard E. Kendrick
    Pages 299-334
  12. Anders Johnsson, Wolfgang Engelmann
    Pages 335-387
  13. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 389-410
  14. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 411-439
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 441-451

About this book


Photobiology - the science of light and life - begins with basic principles and the physics of light and continues with general photobiological research methods, such as generation of light, measurement of light, and action spectroscopy. In an interdisciplinary way, it then treats how organisms tune their pigments and structures to the wavelength components of light, and how light is registered by organisms. Then follow various examples of photobiological phenomena: the design of the compound eye in relation to the properties of light, phototoxicity, photobiology of the human skin and of vitamin D, photomorphogenesis, photoperiodism, the setting of the biological clock by light, and bioluminescence. A final chapter is devoted to teaching experiments and demonstrations in photobiology.
This book encompasses topics from a diverse array of traditional disciplines: physics, biochemistry, medicine, zoology, botany, microbiology, etc., and makes different aspects of photobiology accessible to experts in all these areas as well as to the novice.


biology botany chemical reaction photobiology regulation skin spectroscopy structure

Editors and affiliations

  • Lars Olof Björn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cell and Organism BiologyLund UniversityLundSweden

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