Photosynthetic Adaptation

Chloroplast to Landscape

  • William K. Smith
  • Thomas C. Vogelmann
  • Christa Critchley

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 178)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William K. Smith, Thomas C. Vogelmann, Christa Critchley
      Pages 3-11
  3. Sunlight Capture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. John R. Evans, Thomas C. Vogelmann, William E. Williams, Holly L. Gorton
      Pages 15-41
    3. Alessandro Cescatti, Ülo Niinemets
      Pages 42-85
  4. Sunlight Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Neil R. Baker, Donald R. Ort, Jeremy Harbinson, John Whitmarsh
      Pages 89-104
  5. CO2 Capture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. John R. Evans, Ichiro Terashima, Yuko Hanba, Francesco Loreto
      Pages 107-132
    3. Mathew Williams, F. Ian Woodward, Dennis D. Baldocchi, David S. Ellsworth
      Pages 133-168
  6. CO2 Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Thomas D. Sharkey, Sean E. Weise, Andrew J. Standish, Ichiro Terashima
      Pages 171-206
    3. David S. Ellsworth, Ülo Niinemets, Peter B. Reich
      Pages 207-227
  7. Environmental Constraints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Francesco Loreto, Neil R. Baker, Donald R. Ort
      Pages 231-261
    3. Stanley D. Smith, Elke Naumburg, ÜLo Niinemets, Matthew J. Germino
      Pages 262-294
  8. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. William K. Smith, Park S. Nobel, William A. Reiners, Thomas C. Vogelmann, Christa Chritchley
      Pages 297-309
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 311-314

About this book


The impact of global change on sources, sinks, and sequestration of carbon and, ultimately, on future changes in plant distribution and biodiversity patterns depends upon the capacity of plants for light capture and CO2 assimilation. This book provides a detailed analysis of photosynthetic mechanisms across the structural and spatial hierarchy from cells to leaves, crowns, canopies, stands and landscapes. The authors question whether photosynthetic adaptations are taking place primarily at the metabolic and biochemical level, or through changes in structure and form, or both. In the interest of genetic engineering applications for plant improvement, they consider the relative importance of genes controlling both metabolic and light reactions, as opposed to the development and arrangement of photosynthetic components.


Adaptation Chloroplast Photosynthetic genetic engineering photosynthesis synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • William K. Smith
    • 1
  • Thomas C. Vogelmann
    • 2
  • Christa Critchley
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyWakeforest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Burlington
  3. 3.Department of BotanyUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-22079-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-27267-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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