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Photosynthesis in Action. Harvesting Light, Generating Electrons, Fixing Carbon

  • Book
  • January 2022
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5390279

Photosynthesis in Action examines the molecular mechanisms, adaptations and improvements of photosynthesis. With a strong focus on the latest research and advances, the book also analyzes the impact the process has on the biosphere and the effect of global climate change. Fundamental topics such as harvesting light, the transport of electronics and fixing carbon are discussed. The book also reviews the latest research on how abiotic stresses affect these key processes as well as how to improve each of them. This title explains how the process is flexible in adaptations and how it can be engineered to be made more effective.

End users will be able to see the significance and potential of the processes of photosynthesis. Edited by renowned experts with leading contributors, this is an essential read for students and researchers interested in photosynthesis, plant science, plant physiology and climate change.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Principles 1. Harvesting light 2. Transport of electrons 3. Carbon fixation

Section II: Adaptations 4. Abiotic stress and adaptation in light harvesting 5. Abiotic stress and adaptation of electron transport: Regulation of the production and processing of ROS signals in chloroplasts 6. Abiotic stress, acclimation, and adaptation in carbon fixation processes

Section III: Action 7. Improving light harvesting 8. Improving the transport of electrons 9. Improving carbon fixation

Section IV: Synthesis 10. Integrating the stages of photosynthesis 11. Photosynthesis in action: The global view


Alexander Ruban Professor in Biophysics, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Dr Alexander Ruban is a Professor in Biophysics at the Queen Mary University of London, UK. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of light energy utilisation and management in the photosynthetic membrane. The major goal of his lab is to understand how biological matter is designed to conduct a variety of intimate physical processes accompanying photosynthetic energy conversion and how structural properties of the photosynthetic light harvesting proteins govern flexibility and efficiency of photosynthesis. Recent advances of Professor Ruban's research include a discovery of the photoprotective molecular switch in the photosystem 2 antenna and establishment of the great plasticity in the light harvesting antenna design of higher plants. He has an impressive research and publication record and his expertise in plant physiology, biophysics and biochemistry make him uniquely suited to act as lead editor on this foundational, comprehensive title. Christine Foyer Professor of Plant Science, University of Leeds, UK. Dr Christine Foyer is a Professor of Plant Science at the University of Leeds, UK. With over 400 published papers and 30,000 citations, Dr Foyer's research is widely renowned within plant science. She is President Elect of the Association of Applied Biologists, the General Secretary of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biologists, an elected Board Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and a Member of the French Academy of Agriculture. She will soon take up the role of Editor in Chief of Food and Energy Security. She is also a senior Editor for Plant, Cell and Environment and an Associate Editor for the Biochemical Journal, The Journal of Experimental Biology and Physiologia Plantarum. The Foyer lab uses multidisciplinary approaches incorporating -omics technologies, molecular and biochemical techniques and whole plant physiology. Her expertise in the latest technology will bridge the gap between research and practice for students and advanced researchers. Erik Murchie Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Erik Murchie is a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research interests include photosynthesis in crop plants, particularly the regulation of photosynthesis in response to environmental factors. His research lab examines the fundamental processes in crop plants such as light harvesting, carbon assimilation and energy dissipation, but also works with novel agricultural systems such as those which are making use of novel lighting technology in horticulture. Dr Murchie brings a wealth of foundational knowledge but also real-world examples of novel innovations in photosynthesis, something that both students and advanced researchers would find highly valuable in a modern foundational title on photosynthesis.