Light as an Energy Source and Information Carrier in Plant Physiology

  • Robert C. Jennings
  • Giuseppe Zucchelli
  • Francesco Ghetti
  • Giuliano Colombetti

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 287)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Giorgio Forti
    Pages 1-16
  3. Donald R. Ort, John Whitmarsh
    Pages 17-29
  4. Roberto Bassi, Elisabetta Giuffra, Roberta Croce, Paola Dainese, Elisabetta Bergantino
    Pages 41-63
  5. Robert C. Jennings, Giuseppe Zucchelli, Laura Finzi, Flavio M. Garlaschi
    Pages 65-74
  6. P. Mathis
    Pages 75-88
  7. Neil R. Baker
    Pages 89-97
  8. Francesco Lenci, Nicola Angelini, Antonella Sgarbossa
    Pages 147-157
  9. Winslow R. Briggs, Emmanuel Liscum, Paul W. Oeller, Julie M. Palmer
    Pages 159-167
  10. Wolfgang Haupt
    Pages 169-183
  11. Debbie Sommer, Pill-Soon Song
    Pages 197-218

About this book


A NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Light as Energy Source and Information Carrier in Plant Photo physiology" was held at Volterra, Italy, from September 26 to October 6, 1994, in order to consider the fundamental role that light plays in plant growth and development. This book summarises the main lectures given at this meeting which concentrated on both photochemical energy conversion and signalling (photosensing) aspects. Light harvesting and conversion into chemical energy in photosynthesis occurs at the level of chlorophyll/carotenoid containing photosystems in plants. Pigments are non­ covalently bound to a variety of polypeptides which serve as a specific scaffolding, necessary to determine the energy coupling between pigments and thus allowing rapid excitation energy trasfer from the antenna to the special reaction centre chlorophylls. Data from transient, time resolved spectroscopies, in the femtosecond and picosecond domain, together with model calculations, suggest that this process occurs in the 20-100 picosecond time span. The special ~ll u~ture of reaction centre complexes, ensures rapid primary charge separation, probably in the order of 1-3 picoseconds, with subsequent charge stabilisation reactions proceeding in the hundreds of picoseconds range. The recently resolved crystallographic structure of LHCII, the principal antenna complex of plants, allows precise determination of pigment-pigment distances and thus permits calculation of approximate chlorophyll-chlorophyll Forster hopping rates, which are in good agreement with time resolved measurements.


Phytochrome Plant physiology Protein algae biochemistry photoreception photosynthesis physiology regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert C. Jennings
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Zucchelli
    • 1
  • Francesco Ghetti
    • 2
  • Giuliano Colombetti
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.CNR Institute of BiophysicsPisaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-8039-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0409-8
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