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Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis

Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis

Robert E. Blankenship

ISBN: 978-0-470-75847-2

Jan 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

336 pages

Description

Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis stands as an ideal introduction to this subject. Robert Blankenship, a leading authority in photosynthesis research, offers a modern approach to photosynthesis in this accessible and well-illustrated text. The book provides a concise overview of the basic principles of energy storage and the history of the field, then progresses into more advanced topics such as electron transfer pathways, kinetics, genetic manipulations, and evolution. Throughout, Blankenship includes an interdisciplinary emphasis that makes this book appealing across fields.

  • Leading authority in Photosynthesis and the the President of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research.
  • First authoritative text to enter the market in 10 years.
  • Stresses an interdisciplinary approach, which appeals to all science students.
  • Emphasizes the recent advances in molecular structures and mechanisms.
  • Only text to contain comprehensive coverage of both bacterial and plant photosynthesis.
  • Includes the latest insights and research on structural information, improved spectroscopic techniques as well as advances in biochemical and genetic methods.
  • Presents the most extensive treatment of the Origin and evolution of photosynthesis.
  • Comprehensive appendix, which includes a detailed introduction to the physical basis of photosynthesis, including thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopy.
1. Light and Energy.

2. Organization and Structure of Photosynthetic Systems.

3. History and Development of Photosynthesis.

4. Photosynthetic Pigments-Structure and Spectroscopy.

5. Antenna Complexes and Energy Transfer Processes.

6. Reaction Center Complexes.

7. Electron Transfer Pathways and Components.

8. Chemiosmotic Coupling and ATP Synthesis.

9. Carbon Metabolism.

10. Genetics, Assembly and Regulation of Photosynthetic.

Systems.

11. Origin and Evolution of Photosynthesis.

Appendix 1. Light, Energy and Kinetics

"Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis is an engaging story of some of the cutting edges of science over the past three centuries. You will learn how oxygen was discovered, why plants are green and the sky blue, and how a spectrophotometer works. There were Nobel prizes (total seven, I think) for discoveries in almost every chapter of this book, and probably more to come. Away with academic disciplines. Science at this level is exhilarating, and something everyone should have an opportunity to know and to understand." John F Allen, TRENDS in Plant Science, 2002 <!--end-->

"[An] excellent text book. I will have no hesitation in recommending it to my students and colleagues alike." James Barber, TRENDS in Biochemical Sciences 2002


  • Leading authority in Photosynthesis and the the President of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research.
  • First authoritative text to enter the market in 10 years.
  • Stresses an interdisciplinary approach, which appeals to all science students.
  • Emphasizes the recent advances in molecular structures and mechanisms.
  • Only text to contain comprehensive coverage of both bacterial and plant photosynthesis.
  • Includes the latest insights and research on structural information, improved spectroscopic techniques as well as advances in biochemical and genetic methods.
  • Presents the most extensive treatment of the Origin and evolution of photosynthesis.
  • Comprehensive appendix, which includes a detailed introduction to the physical basis of photosynthesis, including thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopy.