Marine Photosynthesis is important in forming the basis of nearly all marine food webs and it provides for at least half of the planet's primary production. Marine plant 'ecophysiology' is an expanding field for which many researchers would appreciate an up-to-date overview ... Photosynthesis in the Marine Environment provides a comprehensive explanation of photosynthetic processes related to the special environment in which marine plants live. It presents the general mechanisms of photosynthesis, the specific properties of seawater in sustaining primary production, and the main differences in light capturing and carbon acquisition between terrestrial and marine plants. The different photosynthetic organisms of the various marine habitats are introduced-the phytoplankton (both cyanobacteria and eukaryotes) in open waters, macroalgae, marine angiosperms and photosymbiont-containing invertebrates.
The text also describes how these organisms evolved, and how some marine plants can through their photosynthetic characteristics, change the environment for other organisms.^
T for marine management professionals and researchers in the fields of terrestrial plant and general marine sciences wanting to brush up on photosynthesis. Book jacket.