, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 77-98

The position of cyanobacteria in the world of phototrophs


Recent advances in our knowledge of the biological properties of the cyanobacteria (former «blue-green algae») are reviewed. The subjects discussed include: cyanobacterial cell structure and development; comparative aspects of photosyntetic structure and function in prokaryotes; carbon metabolism and its relation to obligate photoautotrophy; and special properties of cyanobacteria that are of ecological significance (temperature relationships, nitrogen fixation and facultative anoxygenic photosynthesis).

Emil Chr. Hansen lecture delivered at the Carlsberg Laboratory Centennial and the Inauguration of the Carlsberg Research Center on September 28th, 1976