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Written by prominent specialists in the field, Biosphycial Techniques in Photosynthesis provides, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the various techniques that have proved to be of great importance in studying the mechanism of both oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis. Each chapter discusses the basic concepts of a technique, practical applications and some of the scientific results. The first section concerns optical techniques, the second magnetic resonance, whereas the third is mainly devoted to various techniques that provide information on the structure of the photosynthetic apparatus, such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption and electron microscopy.
Section A: Optical Methods. 1. Developments in Classical Optical Spectroscopy; J. Amesz. 2. Linear and Circular Dichroism; G. Garab. 3. Fluorescence; K. Sauer, M. Debreczeny. 4. Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Photosynthetic Systems; R. Jimenez, G.R. Fleming. 5. Data Analysis of Time-Resolved Measurements; A.R. Holzwarth. 6. Photosynthetic Thermoluminescence as a Simple Probe of Photosystem II Electron Transport; Y. Inoue. 7. Accumulated Photon Echo Measurements of Excited State Dynamics in Pigment-Protein Complexes; T.J. Aartsma, R.J.W. Louwe, P. Schellenberg. 8. Spectral Hole Burning: Methods and Applications to Photosynthesis; N. Raja, S. Reddy, G.J. Small. 9. Infrared and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy; W. Mantele. 10. Resonance Raman Studies in Photosynthesis - Chlorophyll and Carotenoid Molecules; B. Robert. 11. Stark Spectroscopy of Photosynthetic Systems; S.G. Boxer. 12. The Photoacoustic Method in Photosynthesis - Monitoring and Analysis of Phenomena which Lead to Pressure Changes Following Light Excitation; S. Malkin. Section B: Magnetic Resonance. 13. Magnetic Resonance: an Introduction; A.J. Hoff. 14. Time-Resolved Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Principles and Applications; H. Levanon. 15. Electron Spin Echo Methods in Photosynthesis Research; R.D. Britt. 16. ENDOR Spectroscopy; W. Lubitz, F. Lendzian. 17. Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) of Triplet States in Photosynthesis; A.J. Hoff. 18. Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Photosynthetic Components; H.J.M. de Groot. Section C: Structure and Oxygen. 19. Structure Determination of Proteins by X-Ray Diffraction; M. Schiffer. 20. Electron Microscopy; E.J. Boekema, M. Rogner. 21. X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Applications in Photosynthesis; V.K. Yachandra, M.P. Klein. 22. Mossbauer Spectroscopy; P.G. Debrunner. 23. Characterization of Photosynthetic Supramolecular Assemblies Using Small Angle Neutron Scattering; D.M. Tiede, P. Thiyagarajan. 24. Measurements of Photosynthetic Oxygen Evolution; H.J. van Gorkom, P. Gast.
'The book is well presented and referenced with useful figures and should be used by all those interested in photosynthesis.' Annals of Botany 80: 825-834 (1997)