Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis / Edition 1

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"Photosynthesis is a biological process that is as complex as it is fundamental. It is a field that spans time scales from the cosmic to the femtosecond, and bridges disciplines from biochemistry to geology. In the last ten years major advances in the field and improved research techniques have further deepened the understanding of the process of photosynthesis." Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis stands as an ideal introduction to this subject. Robert E. 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 mutations, and evolution. Throughout, Blankenship includes an interdisciplinary emphasis that makes this book appealing across fields.
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"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

"[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

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Using an interdisciplinary approach, Blankenship (chemistry and biochemistry, Arizona State U.) introduces the basic concepts that underlie the process of photosynthesis. Aimed at undergraduate and beginning graduate students, the text begins with a review of the principles of energy storage. Other topics include evolution, electron transfer pathways, kinetics, and genetic manipulations. The text is accompanied throughout by detailed b&w diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632043217
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Blankenship has been Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Photosynthesis Research for 11 years and was President of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research for three years. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Table of Contents

1 The Basic Principles of Photosynthetic Energy Storage 1
2 Photosynthetic Organisms and Organelles 11
3 History and Early Development of Photosynthesis 26
4 Photosynthetic Pigments: Structure and Spectroscopy 42
5 Antenna Complexes and Energy Transfer Processes 61
6 Reaction Center Complexes 95
7 Electron Transfer Pathways and Components 124
8 Chemiosmotic Coupling and ATP Synthesis 157
9 Carbon Metabolism 171
10 Genetics, Assembly and Regulation of Photosynthetic Systems 204
11 Origin and Evolution of Photosynthesis 220
App Light, Energy and Kinetics 258
Index 306
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    great new text

    R.E. Blankenship uses a well organized approach in telling the story of the photosynthesis in his new book. Photosynthesis is so interdisciplinary that a good background in several fields is required to establish a foothold in understanding it. This book has all the elements needed to make it a good introductory text. Together with the simple and easy-to-read writing, it promises to be a classic.

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