The principal aim of Photosynthesis: Physiology and Metabolism is to provide final year undergraduates, graduate students and researchers with an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of photosynthetic carbon metabolism in plants, ranging from molecular to ecophysiological aspects. The book examines how CO2 is acquired by algae and by plants and is divided into three sections. The first section concentrates on the pathways (the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle and photorespiration, with particular emphasis on the enzyme ribulose bisphospate carboxylase/oxygenase, Rubisco) and the regulation of CO2 fixation. The second section deals with the fate of fixed carbon, in chapters on the synthesis of products, such as sucrose, starch, fructans and sugar alcohols, and with the regulation of cellular partitioning of carbon, including topics such as respiration and feedback regulation of photosynthesis by carbohydrates. The last section concentrates on the various problems that plants face in taking up CO2 from their environment, and how CO2 concentrating mechanisms operate in the algae and in plants with C4 photosynthesis and Crassulacean Acid Metabolism. The ecological significance of these mechanisms is also discussed.
'...this multi-author book is a "must" for anyone who is working and teaching in this field of photosynthesis. Graduate students of biology, biochemistry and agriculture will profit from the ample information given.' Journal of Plant Physiology, 157 (2000) 'In summary, this volume serves very well the described purpose of providing up-to-date coverage of photosynthetic carbon assimilation. The presentations are well coordinated, and they occur in a logical sequence without significant overlap between chapters. It also is of value in indicating gaps in knowledge and the need for future work.' Plant Science, 160 (2001) '...offers a superb overview of the topics that are discussed in the book. The editors ... have done a commendable job of giving a fully integrated picture dealing with all aspects from molecular biology to ecophysiology, further, they have provided comprehensive and current overviews of physiology and metabolism of photosynthesis in higher plants, algae and cyanobacteria. Each chapter contains a wealth of information ...is laden with illustrative sketches, diagrams and tables, and reproduction of original data. This volume ...has many attractive and novel features beginning from the cover page to the end... The editors and the contributors ... shall receive the appreciation of the large body of readers which they richly deserve for their scholarly efforts. ...magnificent publication. Prasanna Mohanty in Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research, 59 (2000)
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