Biophysics of Photoreceptors and Photomovements in Microorganisms

  • F. Lenci
  • F. Ghetti
  • G. Colombetti
  • D.-P. Häder
  • Pill-Soon Song

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 211)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pill-Soon Song, Satoshi Suzuki, Il-Doo Kim, Ja Hong Kim
    Pages 21-41
  3. Judith P. Armitage
    Pages 43-52
  4. Giuliano Colombetti, Roberto Marangoni
    Pages 53-71
  5. Cesare Ascoli, Donatella Petracchi
    Pages 111-123
  6. Suppiah Navaratnam, Glyn O. Phillips
    Pages 139-147
  7. Rinaldo Cubeddu, Roberta Ramponi, Paola Taroni, Francesco Ghetti, Francesco Lenci
    Pages 149-155
  8. Timothy W. Short, Markus Porst, Winslow R. Briggs
    Pages 173-180
  9. Han Asard, Roland Caubergs
    Pages 181-189
  10. Donat-P. Häder
    Pages 203-221
  11. Peter Hegemann
    Pages 223-229
  12. Pill-Soon Song, Il-Hyun Kim, Jae Seong Rhee, Jae Wook Huh, Scott Florell, Brigitte Faure et al.
    Pages 267-279
  13. Edward D. Lipson
    Pages 293-309
  14. Edward D. Lipson
    Pages 311-325
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 339-354

About this book


This volume contains the lectures given at the NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Biophysics of Photoreceptors and Photomovements in Microorganisms" held in Tir­ renia (Pisa), Italy, in September 1990. The Institute was sponsored and mainly funded by the Scientific Affairs Division of NATO; the Physical Science Committee and the Institute of Biophysics of National Research Council of Italy also supported the School and substantially contributed to its success. It is our pleasant duty to thank these institu­ tions. Scientists from very different backgrounds contributed to the understanding of this fast developing field of research, which has seen considerable progress during the last years. The areas of expertise ranged from behavioral sciences, supported by sophi­ sticated techniques such as image analysis or laser light scattering, to spectroscopy, ap­ plied, in different time domains, to the study of the primary photoreactions, to electro­ physiology, biochemistry or molecular biology, with the aim of analyzing the various steps of the transduction chains and how they control the motor apparatus of the cells. The organisms studied covered a wide range, from bacteria to algae, fungi and other eukaryotes. Thus, the ASI represented a successful opportunity for carrying on and imple­ menting an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the biophysical basis of photore­ ception and photosensory transduction in aneural organisms, with special attention to the basic phenomena and the underlying molecular events. We hope that this book has caught the spirit in which the ASI was conceived.


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Editors and affiliations

  • F. Lenci
    • 1
  • F. Ghetti
    • 1
  • G. Colombetti
    • 1
  • D.-P. Häder
    • 2
  • Pill-Soon Song
    • 3
  1. 1.CNR-Istituto di BiofisicaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Friedrich-Alexander-UniversitätErlangenGermany
  3. 3.University of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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