Advanced Agricultural Instrumentation

Design and Use

  • William G. Gensler

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 111)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Photosynthesis Related Instrumentation

  3. Environmental Instrumentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Eero Salasmaa, Pekka Kostamo
      Pages 135-147
    3. Charles E. Everest
      Pages 210-245
  4. Theoritical Framework

  5. Growth and Nutrient Status

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. J. Benton Jones Jr.
      Pages 311-348
    3. W. John Albery, Barry G. D. Haggett, L. Robert Svanberg
      Pages 349-392
    4. A. J. S. McDonald, J. Parsby
      Pages 393-401
  6. Water Status Instrumentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 427-427
    2. K. Schurer
      Pages 429-456
    3. William Gensler
      Pages 457-476
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 477-480

About this book


The photosynthetic process of higher plants converts carbon dioxide, water, and, light quanta into reduced sugars. The enzymes which catalyze this conversion are contained within the chloroplasts and can be thought of as split into two distinct groups. In one group are the enzymes of the IIlightll reactions, which harvest the light, oxidize water and generate two energy-rich intermediates, ATP and NADPH. These two intermediates plus carbon dioxide are the substrates for the second group, the IIdarkll reactions or Cal vi n cycle, which produce the reduced sugars. The chloroplast is completely bounded by an outer membrane. There is a separate, highly convoluted membrane system, the thyla­ koid system, enclosed within the chloroplast. The enzymes of the light reactions are physically associated with the thylakoid mem­ branes, while the Calvin cycle enzymes are free-floating within the stroma, or soluble part of the chloroplast (Fig. 1). GRANA MEMBRANES ARE REG I ONS WHERE THE MEMBRANES ARE APPRESSED ON EACH OTHER MEMBRANES WH ICH ARE UNAPPRESSED THT1.AKO ID t1EHBRANE ARE STROMA MEMBRANES ( ) (VES I OJLAR) (c _______ Figure 1. Schematic representation of the photosynthetic process in plant chloroplasts. PC and PCred are the oxidized and reduced ox forms of plastocyanin. PQ and PQH2 are plastoquinone and plasto­ quinol. For explanation, see text.


agriculture carbon energy growth soil transport water

Editors and affiliations

  • William G. Gensler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringThe University of ArizoneTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8459-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4404-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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