Photosynthesis in Silico: Understanding Complexity from Molecules to Ecosystems is a unique book that aims to show an integrated approach to the understanding of photosynthesis processes. In this volume - using mathematical modeling - processes are described from the biophysics of the interaction of light with pigment systems to the mutual interaction of individual plants and other organisms in canopies and large ecosystems, up to the global ecosystem issues.
Chapters are written by 44 international authorities from 15 countries. Mathematics is a powerful tool for quantitative analysis. Properly programmed, contemporary computers are able to mimic complicated processes in living cells, leaves, canopies and ecosystems. These simulations - mathematical models - help us predict the photosynthetic responses of modeled systems under various combinations of environmental conditions, potentially occurring in nature, e.g., the responses of plant canopies to globally increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration. Tremendous analytical power is needed to understand nature's infinite complexity at every level.
Contents.- Preface.- The Editors.- Author Index.- Color Plates.- Part I: General Problems of Biological Modeling: 1. Trends and Tools for Modeling in Modern Biology; Michael Hucka and James Schaff.- 2. Scaling and Integration of Kinetic Models of Photosynthesis: Towards Comprehensive E-Photosynthesis; Ladislav Nedbal, Jan Cervenu and Henning Schmidt.- Part II: Modeling of Light Harvesting and Primary Charge Separation: 3. Modeling Light Harvesting and Primary Charge Separation in Photosystem I and Photosystem II; Rienk van Grondelle, Vladimir I. Novoderezhkin and Jan P. Dekker.- 4. Unraveling the Hidden Nature of Antenna Excitations; Arvi Freiberg and Gediminas Trinkunas.- Part III: Modeling Electron Transport and Chlorophyll Fluorescence: 5. Models of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Transients; DuA an Lazar and Gert Schansker.- 6. Modeling of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Kinetics in Plant Cells: Derivation of a Descriptive Algorithm; Wim Vredenberg and Ondrej Prasil.- 7. Modeling of the Primary Processes in a Photosynthetic Membrane; Andrew Rubin and Galina Riznichenko.- 8. Clustering of Electron Transfer Components: Kinetic and Thermodynamic Consequences; Jerome Lavergne.- Part IV: Integrated Modeling of Light and Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: 9. Biochemical Model of C3 Photosynthesis; Susanne von Caemmerer, Graham Farquhar and Joseph Berry.- 10. Modeling the Temperature Dependence of C3 Photosynthesis; Carl J. Bernacchi, David Rosenthal, Carlos Pimentel, Stephen P. Long and Graham D. Farquhar.- 11. A model of the Generalized Stoichiometry of Electron Transport Limited C3 Photosynthesis: Development and Applications; Xinyou Yin, Jeremy Harbinson and Paul C. Struik.- 12. Modeling the Kinetics of Activation and Reaction of Rubisco from Gas Exchange; Hadi Farazdaghi.- 13. Leaf C3 Photosynthesis in silico: Integrated Carbon/Nitrogen Metabolism; Agu Laisk, Hillar Eichelmann and Vello Oja.- 14. Leaf C4 Photosynthesis in silico: the CO2 Concentrating Mechanism; Agu Laisk and Gerald Edwards.- 15. Flux Control Analysis of the Rate of Photosynthetic CO2 Assimilation; Ian E. Woodrow.- Part V: From Leaves to Canopies to the Globe: 16. Packing the Photosynthetic Machinery: From Leaf to Canopy*; A lo Niinemets and Niels P. R. Anten.- 17. Can Increase in Rubisco Specificity Increase Carbon Gain by Whole Canopy? A Modeling Analysis; Xin-Guang Zhu and Stephen P. Long.- 18. Role of Photosynthetic Induction for Daily and Annual Carbon Gains of Leaves and Plant Canopies; Manfred Kuppers and Michael Pfiz.- 19. Photosynthesis within Large-Scale Ecosystem Models; Stephan A. Pietsch and Hubert Hasenauer.- 20. Photosynthesis in Global-Scale Models; Andrew D. Friend, Richard J. Geider, Michael J. Behrenfeld and Christopher J. Still.- Index.
From the reviews: "This collection of review chapters achieves its aims extremely well, helping to summarize and collate the literature ! . This large and important book achieves the aims inherent in the title ! . I ! recommend that this book is widely used by all who aspire to understand quantification of photosynthesis at the cell, tissue and organ scale." (David Lawlor, Annals of Botany, Vol. 105 (4), April, 2010) "The book with a typical white cover comprises in a form of reviews the most important regions of the model applications in photosynthesis. ! The book will be more easily understandable for people with mathematical and physical background ! . This book is of basic importance for people in photosynthesis research. ! The book is of importance not only to biophysicists a biochemists of photosynthesis but even more to plant physiologists and ecophysiologists who are using chlorophyll fluorescence and gas exchange measurements nearly every day." (J. NauA!, Photosynthetica, Vol. 47 (7), 2009) "The 20 chapters written by 44 scientists from 15 countries are full of basic and detailed information illustrated with diagrams ! . this unique and challenging book can be recommended for postgraduates and researchers in plant physiology, functional plant biology, plant biochemistry, plant biophysics and systems biology. It is certainly also valuable for scientists involved in remote sensing and would be a useful resource for computer scientists trying to mimic the complicated processes of nature." (Claus Buschmann, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 167, 2010)