Origins of Plastids

Symbiogenesis, Prochlorophytes and the Origins of Chloroplasts

  • Ralph A. Lewin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ralph A. Lewin
    Pages 1-8
  3. Diane K. Stoecker
    Pages 9-26
  4. Jean M. Whatley
    Pages 77-106
  5. Sarah P. Gibbs
    Pages 107-121
  6. Klaus Valentin, Rose Ann Cattolico, Klaus Zetsche
    Pages 193-221
  7. Tom Cavalier-Smith
    Pages 291-348
  8. Christopher J. Howe, Timothy J. Beanland, Anthony W. D. Larkum, Peter J. Lockhart
    Pages 349-353
  9. Ralph A. Lewin
    Pages 355-360
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 361-393

About this book


Origins of Plastids looks at symbiosis and symbiogenesis as a mechanism of evolution. This theory of endosymbiotic evolution postulates that photosynthetic prokaryotes living as endosymbionts within eukaryotic cells gradually evolved into the organelle structures called chloroplasts. The theory is controversial but has been strongly advocated by Lynn Margulis. Based on a colloquium held at the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory of the University of California at Davis, Origins of Plastids reviews recent data on this most basic problem in plant evolution. In it, leading researchers in the field apply the theory of endosymbiotic evolution to plastid origins, producing an important new reference work for both professionals and graduates interested in the origins of life, the origins of the eukaryotic cell and its organelles, and the evolution of the higher plants in general. Origins of Plastids represents the state-of-the-art in its field. It should find a place on the bookshelves of people interested in microbiology, plant science, phycology, cell biology, and evolution.


Chloroplast Organe algae evolution genes microbiology photosynthesis phylogeny the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Ralph A. Lewin
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Biology Research Division, 0202 Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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