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Overview

Aquatic Photosynthesis is a comprehensive guide to understanding the evolution and ecology of photosynthesis in aquatic environments. This second edition, thoroughly revised to bring it up to date, describes how one of the most fundamental metabolic processes evolved and transformed the surface chemistry of the Earth. The book focuses on recent biochemical and biophysical advances and the molecular biological techniques that have made them possible.

In ten chapters that are self-contained but that build upon information presented earlier, the book starts with a reductionist, biophysical description of the photosynthetic reactions. It then moves through biochemical and molecular biological patterns in aquatic photoautotrophs, physiological and ecological principles, and global biogeochemical cycles. The book considers applications to ecology, and refers to historical developments. It can be used as a primary text in a lecture course, or as a supplemental text in a survey course such as biological oceanography, limnology, or biogeochemistry.

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Editorial Reviews

Current Engineering Practice
Indeed a magnificent book that will, perhaps, be welcomed as one of the best and the most useful ones for all biologists and oceanographers. . . . No other text covers the subject as lucidly or completely as this one, and that makes it an extremely valuable pedagogical reference. It will be a welcome addition to any library or personal collection.
— Richard C. Zimmerman
Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin - Richard C. Zimmerman
Indeed a magnificent book that will, perhaps, be welcomed as one of the best and the most useful ones for all biologists and oceanographers. . . . No other text covers the subject as lucidly or completely as this one, and that makes it an extremely valuable pedagogical reference. It will be a welcome addition to any library or personal collection.
From the Publisher
"Despite the ubiquity and critical importance of this topic to the study of aquatic ecology, there are very few books dedicated primarily to aquatic photosynthesis, and none cover the subject matter with comparable elegance or continuity from the molecule to the ecosystem as does this one, authored by two of the leading researchers in the subject.... [I]t is a pleasure to have this important volume back in print after a hiatus of several years. No other text covers the subject as lucidly or completely as this one, and that makes it an extremely valuable pedagogical reference. It will be a welcome addition to any library or personal collection."—Richard C. Zimmerman, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

"Indeed a magnificent book that will, perhaps, be welcomed as one of the best and the most useful ones for all biologists and oceanographers. . . . No other text covers the subject as lucidly or completely as this one, and that makes it an extremely valuable pedagogical reference. It will be a welcome addition to any library or personal collection."—Richard C. Zimmerman, Current Engineering Practice

Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin
Despite the ubiquity and critical importance of this topic to the study of aquatic ecology, there are very few books dedicated primarily to aquatic photosynthesis, and none cover the subject matter with comparable elegance or continuity from the molecule to the ecosystem as does this one, authored by two of the leading researchers in the subject.... [I]t is a pleasure to have this important volume back in print after a hiatus of several years. No other text covers the subject as lucidly or completely as this one, and that makes it an extremely valuable pedagogical reference. It will be a welcome addition to any library or personal collection.
— Richard C. Zimmerman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691115511
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 1,253,675
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul G. Falkowski is Board of Governors Professor in Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and the Department of Geological Sciences at Rutgers University. He has published numerous articles in "Science, Nature", and "Scientific American". John A. Raven is Boyd Baxter Professor of Biology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. His books include "Energetics and Transport in Aquatic Plants".

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix
Preface to the First Edition xi
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Photosynthesis in Aquatic Systems 1
Chapter 2: Light Absorption and Energy Transfer in the Photosynthetic Apparatus 44
Chapter 3: The Photosynthetic Light Reactions 81
Chapter 4: Photosynthetic Electron Transport and Photophosphorylation 118
Chapter 5: Carbon Acquisition and Assimilation 156
Chapter 6: The Molecular Structure of the Photosynthetic Apparatus 201
Chapter 7: Photosynthesis in Continuous Light 237
Chapter 8: Making Cells 278
Chapter 9: Photosynthesis and Primary Production in Nature 319
Chapter 10: Aquatic Photosynthesis in Biogeochemical Cycles 364
References 411
Index 465

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