As the most fundamental life process on earth, photosynthesis is the focus of a vast body of research, spanning studies of femtosecond reactions at the molecular level through to field studies requiring a whole season of observation. This is the first advanced-level treatment which covers the broad range of the topic within a single volume, so providing a uniquely comprehensive, authoritative and self-contained sourcebook. Compiled by an international team of experts, the volume opens by considering the cell and molecular biology of chloroplasts, followed by a section which presents the latest information on the biochemistry and physiology of photosynthesis. These chapters are then complemented by coverage of more ecological and applied aspects, such as photosynthesis and global climate change, and crop productivity.
Part I. Cell and Molecular Biology of Chloroplasts: 1. Chloroplast structure and development J. K. Hoober; 2. Light harvesting complexes of higher plants D. T. Morishige and B. W. Dreyfuss; 3. Photosystems I and II W.-Z. He and R. Malkin; 4. Chloroplast pigments: chlorophylls and carotenoids G. Sandmann and H. Scheer; 5. Import, assembly and degradation of proteins P. Chitnis; 6. Expression and regulation of plastid genes S. Kapoor and M. Sugiura; 7. Electron transport and energy transduction W. Junge; Part II. Physiology and Biochemistry: 8. Photosynthetic carbon reduction T. D. Sharkey; 9. C4 pathway R. T. Furbank; 10. Crassulacean acid metabolism U. Luttge; 11. C3-C4 intermediate photosynthesis S. Rawsthorne and H. Bauwe; 12. Starch-sucrose metabolism and assimilate partitioning S. C. Hoober; 13. Photorespiration and the C2 cycle D. J. Oliver; 14. Assimilation of non-carbohydrate compounds G. Schultz; 15. Interaction with respiration and nitrogen metabolism K. Padmasree and A. S. Raghavendra; Part III. Agronomy and Environmental Factors: 16. Leaf/canopy photosynthesis and crop productivity R. Ishii; 17. Water and salt stress G. A. Berkowitz; 18. Photosynthesis at low growth temperature V. Hurry, N. Huner, E. Selstam, P. Gardestroem and G. OEquist; 19. Acclimation to sun and shade R. W. Pearcy; 20. Photoinhibition C. Critchley; 21. Photosynthesis, respiration and global climatic change B. G. Drake, J. Jacob and M. A. Gonzales-Meler; Part IV. Special Topics and Applications: 22. Evolution W. Nitschke, U. Muhlenhoff and U. Liebl; 23. Modelling leaf/canopy photosynthesis W. R. Beyschlag and R. J. Ryel; 24. Chlorophyll fluorescence as a diagnostic tool U. Schreiber, W. Bilger, H. Hormann and C. Neubauer; 25. Action of modern herbicides P. Boeger and G. Sandmann; 26. Application in biotechnology D. Heineke; Index.