Since the first volume on Biophysical Techniques in Photosynthesis Research, published in 1996, new experimental techniques and methods have been devised at a rapid pace. The present book is a sequel which complements the first volume by providing a comprehensive overview of the most important new techniques developed over the past ten years, especially those that are relevant for research on the mechanism and fundamental aspects of photosynthesis.
The contributions are written by leading scientists in their field. The book is divided into 5 sections on Imaging, Structure, Optical and laser spectroscopy, Magnetic resonance and on Theory, respectively. Each chapter describes the basic concepts of the technique, practical applications and some of the scientific results. Possibilities and limitations from a technical as well as a scientific point of view are addressed, allowing the reader not only to recognize the potential of a particular method for his/her own quest, but to assess the resources that are required for implementation.
From the reviews:
a oeOne of the great attributes of this book is that it gives the reader a strong sense of belonging to a new era ushered in by profoundly interesting advances in technology with an abundance of ideas of how these innovations may be applied to important problems not only in photosynthesis, but in many other bio-related fields as well.a (Harry Frank, Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA)
a oeThe excellent comprehensive treatment of novel techniques is found in Volume II of Biophysical Techniques in Photosynthesis (written by prominent experts in the field)a ]. it will prove invaluable not only to scientists and students in photosynthesis research but also to those interested in all other areas where advanced imaging methods are applied, in crystallography, physical properties and macro-organization of membrane proteins, in femtochemistry and femtobiology and, even in material sciences involving solar energy research and technologies.a (GyAzA Garab, Professor, Biological Center, Szeged, Hungary)
a oea ] Particularly striking is the intimate relationship, present in every chapter of the book, between structure, experimental methods and theory as a strong driving force for innovation and new knowledge. By focusing on new developments and techniques, this book is highly complementary to the first volume on this topic, published in 1996 and edited by the late Arnold J. Hoff and Jan Amesz. Just like the first volume, this book will be of great value to researchers in the field of photosynthesis and beyond, students and scientists alike, as an introduction and reference to state-of-the-art biophysical techniques.a (Wolfgang Lubitz, Professor, Director Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, MA1/4lheim an der Ruhr, Germany)
"The reviewed book, volume 26 of the series, consists of twenty four chapters that describe the most modern procedures and apparatuses used for biophysical research in photosynthesis. a ] As is usual in this book series, 13 figures in colour are presented on seven plates a ] in addition to their black-and-white printing in the respective chapters. a ] Books describing methods applicable in the field of photosynthesis are always welcome by students and researchers. Certainly also this new book will be frequently used and often cited." (Z. A estAk, Photosynthetica, Vol. 46 (2), 2008)
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