The position of cyanobacteria in the world of phototrophs

  • Roger Y. Stanier


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).

Key words

prokaryotic photosynthetic apparatus obligate photoautotrophy oxidative and reductive pentose phosphate cycles nitrogen fixation oxygenic photosynthesis facultative anoxygenic photosynthesis cyanobacterial ecology cyanobacterial developmental patterns 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger Y. Stanier
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de Biochimie et Génétique MicrobienneParisFrance

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