A single-source reference on the biology of algae, Algae: Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology, Second Edition examines the most important taxa and structures for freshwater, marine, and terrestrial forms of algae. Its comprehensive coverage goes from algae's historical role through its taxonomy and ecology to its natural product possibilities.
The authors have gathered a significant amount of new material since the publication of the first edition. This completely revised second edition contains many changes and additions including the following:
All revised and rewritten tables, plus new figures, many in color
A fascinating new chapter: Oddities and Curiosities in the Algal World
Expanded information on algal anatomy
Absorption spectra from all algal divisions, chlorophylls, and accessory pigments
Additional information on collection, storage, and preservation of algae
Updated section on algal toxins and algal bioactive molecules
The book's unifying theme is on the important role of algae in the earth's self-regulating life support system and its function within restorative models of planetary health. It also discusses algae's biotechnological applications, including potential nutritional and pharmaceutical products. Written for students as well as researchers, teachers, and professionals in the field of phycology and applied phycology, this new full-color edition is both illuminating and inspiring.
Dr. Paolo Gualtieri graduated in biology and computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy. At present, he is a senior scientist at the Biophysics Institute of the National Council of Research (CNR) in Pisa, Italy, and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University College, College Park, USA. He is a professional orchestral trumpet player. Dr. Laura Barsanti graduated in natural science from the University of Pisa, Italy. At present, she is a scientist at the Biophysics Institute of the National Council of Research (CNR) in Pisa (Italy).
General Overview Definition Classification Occurrence and Distribution Structure of Thallus-Cytomorphological Types Nutrition Reproduction Summaries of the 11 Algal Phyla Endosymbiosis and Origin of Eukaryotic Photosynthesis Anatomy Cytomorphology and Ultrastructure Outside the Cell Flagella and Associated Structures The photoreceptor Apparata Chloroplasts The Nucleus, Nuclear Division, and Cytokinesis Ejectile Organelles and Feeding Apparatus Photosynthesis Light Photosynthesis Light-dependent Reactions Light-Independent Reactions The Energy Relationships in Photosynthesis: The Balance Sheet Working with Light How Light Behaves Field instruments, Use and Application Radiometry Photometry Units conversion PAR Detectors The Photosynthesis-Irradiance Response Curve (P vs E Curve) Photoacclimation Biogeochemical Role of Algae The Role of Algae in Biogeochemistry Limiting Nutrients Algae and the Phosphorus Cycle Algae and the Nitrogen Cycle Algae and the Silicon Cycle Algae and the Sulfur Cycle Algae and the Oxygen-Carbon Cycles Algal Culturing Collection, Storage, and Preservation Culture Types Culture Parameters Culture Vessels Media Choice and Preparation Sterilization of Culture Materials Culture Methods Outdoor Ponds Photobioreactors Quantitative Determinations of Algal Density and Growth Algae Utilization Introduction Sources and Uses of Algae Human food Animal feed Extracts Fertilizers Cosmetics Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Toxins Oddities and Curiosities in the Algal World In the Realm of Darkness Algae-Animal Interaction: Riding a Sloth, Swinging on a Spider Web, Swimming in a Jelly Someone Like it Cold Someone Like it Hot Someone Like it Dry