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Discoveries in photosynthesis

Author: Govindjee
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer, ©2005.
Series: Advances in photosynthesis and respiration, v. 20.
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"Life Is Bottled Sunshine" [Wynwood Reade, Martyrdom of Man, 1924]. This inspired phrase is a four-word summary of the significance of photosynthesis for life on earth. The study of photosynthesis has attracted the attention of a legion of biologists, biochemists, chemists and physicists for over 200 years. Discoveries in Photosynthesis presents a sweeping overview of the history of photosynthesis investigations,  Read more...
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Discoveries in photosynthesis.
Dordrecht : Springer, ©2005
(DLC) 2007451259
(OCoLC)69482638
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Govindjee
ISBN: 9781402033247 1402033249 1280624183 9781280624186
OCLC Number: 209844694
Description: 1 online resource (xxxviii, 1304 pages) : illustrations (some color), map.
Contents: Form the Series Editor, Preface A personal tribute to an eminent photosynthesis researcher, Martin D. Kamen (1913-2002) Biographies of the Editors Colour Plates Part I Editorials: Celebrating the Millennium - Historical Highlights of Photosynthesis Research, Part 1.- Part 2.- Part 3 .- Part II Overviews and Timelines: History of the word photosynthesis and evolution of its definition.- In one era and out the other.- Timeline of discoveries: Anoxygenic photosynthesis.- Discoveries in oxygenic photosynthesis (1727-2002): a perspective.- Part III Tributes: 'And whose bright presence'-an appreciation of Robert Hill and his reaction.- The Contributions of James Franck to photosynthetic research: a tribute.- Hydrogen metabolism of green algae: discovery and early research-a tribute to Hans Gaffron and his coworkers.- Samuel Ruben's contributions to research on photosynthesis and bacterial metabolism with radioactive carbon. Contributions of Henrik Lundegardh.-Part IV Excitation Energy Transfer: Photosynthetic exciton theory in the 1960s.- Excitation energy trapping in anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria.- Fluorescence lifetime, yield, energy transfer and spectrum in photosynthesis, 1950-1960.- Visualization of excitation energy transfer processes in plants and algae.-Plastoquinone redox control of chloroplast thylakoid protein phosphorylation and distribution of excitation energy between photosystems: discovery, background, implications.- Excitation transfer between photosynthetic units: the 1964 experiment.-Part V Reaction Centers: Research on photosynthetic reaction centers from 1932 to 1987.- Chlorophyll chemistry before and after crystals of photosynthetic reaction centers.- Electron donors and acceptors in the initial steps of photosynthesis in purple bacteria: a personal account.- My daily constitutional in Martinsried.- The two-electron gate in photosynthetic bacteria.- Steps on the way to building-blocks, 3-D crystalsand X-ray structural analysis of photosystem I and II of water-oxidizing photosynthesis. a personal account.- The identification of the Photosystem II reaction center: a personal story.- The isolated Photosystem II reaction center: first attempts to directly measure the kinetics of primary charge separation.- Discovery of pheophytin function in the photosynthetic energy conversion as the primary electron acceptor of Photosystem II.- Engine of life and big bang of evolution.- Role of bicarbonate at the acceptor side of Photosystem II.- Unraveling the PS I reaction center: a long history or the sum of many efforts.- Photosystem I reaction center: past and future.- P 430: a retrospective, 1971-2001.- Part VI Oxygen Evolution: Apparatus and mechanism of photosynthetic oxygen evolution: a personal perspective.- Period-four oscillations of the flash-induced oxygen formation in photosynthesis.- Period four oscillations in chlorophyll a fluorescence- Chloride and calcium in Photosystem II: from effects to enigma.- The bicarbonate effect, oxygen evolution, and the shadow of Otto Warburg.- Early indications for manganese oxidation state changes during photosynthetic oxygen production.-Part VII Light-harvesting and Pigment-protein Complexes: Purple bacterial light-harvesting complexes: From dreams to structures.- The Fenna-Matthews-Olson protein.- Physical separation of chlorophyll-protein complexes.-How the chlorophyll-proteins got their names.- Phycobiliproteins and phycobilisomes: the early observations.- Part VIII Electron Transport and ATP Synthesis: Discovery and characterization of electron transfer proteins in the photosynthetic bacteria.- Membrane-anchored cytochrome c as an electron carrier in photosynthesis and respiration: past, present and future of an unexpected discovery.- The Q-cycle:a personal perspective.- The isolation of functional cytochrome b6-f complex: From lucky encounter to rewardingexperience.- Ironies in photosynthetic electron transport
Series Title: Advances in photosynthesis and respiration, v. 20.
Responsibility: edited by Govindjee [and others].

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