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Title Discoveries in photosynthesis / edited by Govindjee [and others]
Published Dordrecht : Springer, ©2005


Description 1 online resource (xxxviii, 1304 pages) : illustrations (some color), map
Series Advances in photosynthesis and respiration ; v. 20
Advances in photosynthesis and respiration ; v. 20.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Form the Series Editor, -- Preface -- A personal tribute to an eminent photosynthesis researcher, Martin D. Kamen (1913-2002) -- Biographies of the Editors -- Colour Plates -- Part I Editorials: Celebrating the Millennium -- Historical Highlights of Photosynthesis Research, Part 1.- Part 2.- Part 3 Part II Overviews and Timelines: History of the word photosynthesis and evolution of its definition.- In one era and out the other.- Timeline of discoveries: Anoxygenic photosynthesis.- Discoveries in oxygenic photosynthesis (1727-2002): a perspective.- Part III Tributes: 'And whose bright presence'-an appreciation of Robert Hill and his reaction.- The Contributions of James Franck to photosynthetic research: a tribute.- Hydrogen metabolism of green algae: discovery and early research-a tribute to Hans Gaffron and his coworkers.- Samuel Ruben?s contributions to research on photosynthesis and bacterial metabolism with radioactive carbon. Contributions of Henrik Lundegr̄dh.-Part IV Excitation Energy Transfer: Photosynthetic exciton theory in the 1960s.- Excitation energy trapping in anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria.- Fluorescence lifetime, yield, energy transfer and spectrum in photosynthesis, 1950?1960.- Visualization of excitation energy transfer processes in plants and algae.-Plastoquinone redox control of chloroplast thylakoid protein phosphorylation and distribution of excitation energy between photosystems: discovery, background, implications.- Excitation transfer between photosynthetic units: the 1964 experiment.-Part V Reaction Centers: Research on photosynthetic reaction centers from 1932 to 1987.- Chlorophyll chemistry before and after crystals of photosynthetic reaction centers.- Electron donors and acceptors in the initial steps of photosynthesis in purple bacteria: a personal account.- My daily constitutional in Martinsried.- The two-electron gate in photosynthetic bacteria.- Steps on the way to building-blocks, 3-D crystals and X-ray structural analysis of photosystem I and II of water-oxidizing photosynthesis
Summary "Life Is Bottled Sunshine" [Wynwood Reade, Martyrdom of Man, 1924]. This inspired phrase is a four-word summary of the significance of photosynthesis for life on earth. The study of photosynthesis has attracted the attention of a legion of biologists, biochemists, chemists and physicists for over 200 years. Discoveries in Photosynthesis presents a sweeping overview of the history of photosynthesis investigations, and detailed accounts of research progress in all aspects of the most complex bioenergetic process in living organisms. Conceived of as a way of summarizing the history of research advances in photosynthesis as of millennium 2000, the book evolved into a majestic and encyclopedic saga involving all of the basic sciences. The book contains 111 papers, authored by 132 scientists from 19 countries. It includes overviews; timelines; tributes; minireviews on excitation energy transfer, reaction centers, oxygen evolution, light-harvesting and pigment-protein complexes, electron transport and ATP synthesis, techniques and applications, biogenesis and membrane architecture, reductive and assimilatory processes, transport, regulation and adaptation, Genetics, and Evolution; laboratories and national perspectives; and retrospectives that end in a list of photosynthesis symposia, books and conferences. Informal and formal photographs of scientists make it a wonderful book to have. This book is meant not only for the researchers and graduate students, but also for advanced undergraduates in Plant Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics and History of Science
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes English
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In Springer e-books
Subject Photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis -- Research.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Biochemistry.
Biomedical engineering.
Plant physiology.
Life sciences.
Biophysics/Biomedical Physics.
Cell Biology.
Plant Biochemistry.
Plant Sciences.
Sciences de la vie.
Form Electronic book
Author Govindjee, 1932-
ISBN 9781402033247