The Science of Light and Life

  • Lars Olof Björn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 27-35
  3. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 37-49
  4. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 71-75
  5. Curtis D. Mobley
    Pages 77-84
  6. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 85-96
  7. Lars Olof Björn, Helen Ghiradella
    Pages 97-117
  8. Shuichi Kinoshita, Helen Ghiradella, Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 119-137
  9. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 139-150
  10. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 169-176
  11. Lars Olof Björn
    Pages 189-206
  12. Lars Olof Björn, Govindjee
    Pages 207-230
  13. Tihana Mirkovic, Gregory D. Scholes
    Pages 231-241
  14. Anders Johnsson, Charlotte Helfrich-Förster, Wolfgang Engelmann
    Pages 243-297
  15. James L. Weller, Richard E. Kendrick
    Pages 299-321

About this book


The new edition of this authoritative text provides an interdisciplinary treatise of all aspects of the interactions between light and the living world. It starts with a description of the physics of light, and how to deal with it in experiments and observations. The phenomena described in the rest of the book covers all organisms: how light is used by organisms for obtaining energy for life processes, for gathering information about the environment, and for communicating with others of the same or other species. The book also describes "bad" effects of light in causing disease or contributing to formation of environmental toxins. New techniques used by scientists to investigate life processes using light are also explored in the volume.

Written by experts in the field, Photobiology: The Science of Life and Light, 3e is a valuable and accessible resource for both advanced undergraduates and established researchers.​

Editors and affiliations

  • Lars Olof Björn
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Life Science, Department of BiologySouth China Normal University, Guangzhou, China & Lund UniversityLundSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-1467-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-1468-5
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