Energy Transduction in Oxygenic Photosynthesis: An Overview of Structure and Mechanism

  • D. R. Ort
Part of the Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology book series (PLANT, volume 19)


Our understanding of the construction and composition of the chlorophyll-containing membranes of photosynthetic organisms has advanced enormously in recent years. Nevertheless our understanding of the organization and orientation of the component parts of the membranes remains incomplete. Our understanding of the mechanisms involved in light capture, light energy conservation, electron transport, and ion movements continues to be limited by this inadequacy. Thus a remaining objective of photosynthesis research is the elucidation of the structure of the membrane in relation to the functions of its component parts. Recent advances on both parts are exciting, even though a complete understanding of how things are and how they function is still an unattained goal. This overview chapter will attempt to bring together current information about the organization of the membrane proteins and about the molecular processes carried on by the various proteins.


Thylakoid Membrane Coupling Factor Water Oxidation Oxygenic Photosynthesis Energy Transduction 
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