Photosynthesis in silico

Understanding Complexity from Molecules to Ecosystems

  • Agu Laisk
  • Ladislav Nedbal
  • Govindjee

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. General Problems of Biological Modeling

    1. Michael Hucka, James Schaff
      Pages 3-15
  3. Modeling of Light Harvesting and Primary Charge Separation

    1. Rienk van Grondelle, Vladimir I. Novoderezhkin, Jan P. Dekker
      Pages 33-53
    2. Arvi Freiberg, Gediminas Trinkunas
      Pages 55-82
  4. Modeling Electron Transport and Chlorophyll Fluorescence

  5. Integrated Modeling of Light and Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis

    1. Susanne von Caemmerer, Graham Farquhar, Joseph Berry
      Pages 209-230
    2. Carl J. Bernacchi, David M. Rosenthal, Carlos Pimentel, Stephen P. Long, Graham D. Farquhar
      Pages 231-246
    3. Agu Laisk, Hillar Eichelmann, Vello Oja
      Pages 295-322
  6. From Leaves to Canopies to the Globe

    1. Ülo Niinemets, Niels P. R. Anten
      Pages 363-399
    2. Stephan A. Pietsch, Hubert Hasenauer
      Pages 441-464
    3. Andrew D. Friend, Richard J. Geider, Michael J. Behrenfeld, Christopher J. Still
      Pages 465-497
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 499-503

About this book


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. This book is not a list of equations and computer programs, but the emphasis is on analytical ideas facilitating the understanding of complex interactions governing the photosynthetic process on every level and between different levels of hierarchy. The book provides the necessary background on photosynthesis and demonstrates the benefits of the computer-aided quantitative analysis of its reactions; it is designed for graduate students and researchers in plant physiology, functional plant biology, plant biochemistry, systems biology, biophysics, bio-energy and bio-fuel.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Agu Laisk
    • 1
  • Ladislav Nedbal
    • 2
  • Govindjee
    1. 1.University of TartuEstonia
    2. 2.Institute of Systems Biology and EcologyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicNové HradyCzech Republic

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