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Aquatic Photosynthesis:
(Second Edition)
Paul G. Falkowski & John A. Raven

Paperback | 2007 | $70.00 / £48.95 | ISBN: 9780691115511
512 pp. | 7 x 10 | 8 color plates. 10 halftones. 145 line illus. 22 tables.
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Aquatic Photosynthesis is a comprehensive guide to understanding the evolution and ecology of photosynthesis in aquatic environments. This second edition, thoroughly revised to bring it up to date, describes how one of the most fundamental metabolic processes evolved and transformed the surface chemistry of the Earth. The book focuses on recent biochemical and biophysical advances and the molecular biological techniques that have made them possible.

In ten chapters that are self-contained but that build upon information presented earlier, the book starts with a reductionist, biophysical description of the photosynthetic reactions. It then moves through biochemical and molecular biological patterns in aquatic photoautotrophs, physiological and ecological principles, and global biogeochemical cycles. The book considers applications to ecology, and refers to historical developments. It can be used as a primary text in a lecture course, or as a supplemental text in a survey course such as biological oceanography, limnology, or biogeochemistry.

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"Despite the ubiquity and critical importance of this topic to the study of aquatic ecology, there are very few books dedicated primarily to aquatic photosynthesis, and none cover the subject matter with comparable elegance or continuity from the molecule to the ecosystem as does this one, authored by two of the leading researchers in the subject.... [I]t is a pleasure to have this important volume back in print after a hiatus of several years. No other text covers the subject as lucidly or completely as this one, and that makes it an extremely valuable pedagogical reference. It will be a welcome addition to any library or personal collection."--Richard C. Zimmerman, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

"Indeed a magnificent book that will, perhaps, be welcomed as one of the best and the most useful ones for all biologists and oceanographers. . . . No other text covers the subject as lucidly or completely as this one, and that makes it an extremely valuable pedagogical reference. It will be a welcome addition to any library or personal collection."--Richard C. Zimmerman, Current Engineering Practice

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"Aquatic Photosynthesis is an excellent reference text for undergraduate-level courses and is a good text for specialist courses (advanced undergraduate and postgraduate). Everyone who works on aquatic photosynthesis should own this text and most people entering the field at the postgraduate or professional level will purchase it."--Richard J. Geider, University of Essex

"It's a great book. It will be very useful for all biologists and oceanographers."--Govindjee, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Table of Contents:

Preface to the Second Edition ix
Preface to the First Edition xi
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Photosynthesis in Aquatic Systems 1
Chapter 2: Light Absorption and Energy Transfer in the Photosynthetic Apparatus 44
Chapter 3: The Photosynthetic Light Reactions 81
Chapter 4: Photosynthetic Electron Transport and Photophosphorylation 118
Chapter 5: Carbon Acquisition and Assimilation 156
Chapter 6: The Molecular Structure of the Photosynthetic Apparatus 201
Chapter 7: Photosynthesis in Continuous Light 237
Chapter 8: Making Cells 278
Chapter 9: Photosynthesis and Primary Production in Nature 319
Chapter 10: Aquatic Photosynthesis in Biogeochemical Cycles 364
References 411
Index 465

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