This book contains selected overviews on several important aspects of photosynthesis, and provides both tutorial content and critical insight into the future of photosynthesis research. Photosynthesis has been a challenging scientific topic, which involves a complex biochemical and biophysical process. Deeper and greater understanding of this process holds a promise for a sustainable Earth, with a pollution-free environment necessitating advent of newer technologies for food and cleaner energy. There have been global efforts to mimic the photosynthetic process to meet the needs of the future. This book, with 19 articles, provides not only the basics of the process and its applications, but it also gives a glimpse of the recent progress and future perspective on photosynthesis.With its unique coverage and emphasis, this book will be useful for not only researchers, but teachers and students as well. It can be used both as a reference as well as a text book for courses in Plant Biology, Environmental Biology, and Agriculture.
1. Dissecting Oxygenic Photosynthesis: The Evolution of the “Z”- Scheme for Thylakoid Reactions 2. Molecular Architecture of Photosynthetic apparatus 3. State Shifts in Photosynthetic Organisms: Tracking Traits and Techniques 4. Dissipation of Excess absorbed Energy by the Photosynthetic Apparatus of Cyanobacteria 5. The Functional Sites of Electron Transfer Co-factors in Photosystem II Studied by Pulsed EPR 6. Delayed Fluorescence of ChlorophyII d and Chlorophyll a; EmissionExcitation Spectra and Activation Energy in Photosystem II of Acaryochloris marina and Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 7. Delayed Fluorescence in a Millisecond range – A Probe for the Donor Side-induced Photoinhibition in Photosystem II 8. Redox-control of Leaf variegation and Chloroplast Biogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana 9. Transcriptional Response to low Oxygen conditions in Synechocystis sp strain PCC 6803 includes induction of a Gene Cluster containing psb A and patC2 10. Mutants of Chlorophyllase Oxygenase 11. A Comprehensive Study of the Effects of Nitrite Anion on Photosynthetic Electron Transport Chain 12. Mitochondrial Oxidative Metabolism Optimize Photosynthetic carbon Assimilation through Redox and Rox linked metabolite shuttles 13. Leaf Senescence and Abiotic Stress Share Chloroplast Degradation, Reactive Oxygen Species Involvement and Transcription Factor 14. Inactivation and Turnover of Photosynthetic Machinery Under heat Stress 15. Salinity Tolerance Strategies in mangroves: salt Shock Experiments for Assessing Stress triggered Effects during salt Stress and Post Stress recovery in a true Mangrove Bruguiera gymnorhiza 16. Metal Toxicity in Photosynthesis 17. Effect of Heavy metals on Photosynthetic Carbon Assimilation and Thermoluminiscence of Unicellular alga Chlorella pyrenoidosa 18. Photosynthetic regulation of Senescence in Green leaves: Involvement of Sugar signaling 19. UV Radiation and Photosynthesis Index.
Shigeru Itoh :- Shigeru Itoh is Professor Emeritus at the Center for Gene Research, Nagoya University, Japan; earlier, he was professor in Physics, in the Division of Materials Science, at Nagoya University. He has a 1974 Doctor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Itoh has also held academic positions at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan; Kyushu University, Japan; and University of Bristol, UK. He is an international authority in the area of Biophysics and Biochemistry of Photosynthesis; he works with photosynthetic bacteria, cyanobacteria, lichens, mosses, and higher plants.K.N. Guruprasad :- Kadur N. Guruprasad is Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. He has a 1979 Ph.D. in Botany from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. Guruprasad specializes in the area of Photobiology and has a vast experience of teaching and research in this area. He has been a Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) visiting scientist at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan and at the Department of Biophysics, Moscow University, Moscow, Russia. He is an authority in the area of impact of UV radiation on Plant Photomorphogenesis and Photosynthesis.Prasanna Mohanty :- Prasanna Mohanty was a Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He had a 1972 Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Mohanty had also held academic positions at the University of Western Ontario, Canada; National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan; and in India at the University of Hyderabad; University of Indore; Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; and the Regional Plant Resource Center, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He was an international authority on Bioenergetics and Photo-biochemistry of Oxygenic Photosynthesis; he had worked with cyanobacteria, algae and plants.