Photosynthesis II

Photosynthetic Carbon Metabolism and Related Processes

  • Martin Gibbs
  • Erwin Latzko

Part of the Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology book series (PLANT, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Introduction

    1. M. Gibbs, E. Latzko
      Pages 1-5
  3. CO2 Assimilation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. The Reductive Pentose Phosphate Cycle

    3. The C4 and Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Pathways

    4. Factors Influencing CO2 Assimilation

      1. N. P. Voskresenskaya
        Pages 174-180
      2. W. Wiessner
        Pages 181-189
      3. A. Shomer-Ilan, S. Beer, Y. Waisel
        Pages 190-201
    5. Regulation and Properties of Enzymes of Photosynthetic Carbon Metabolism

    6. Metabolism of Primary Products of Photosynthesis

      1. J. Preiss, C. Levi
        Pages 282-312
      2. C. P. Whittingham, A. J. Keys, I. F. Bird
        Pages 313-326
    7. Glycolic Acid and Photorespiration

  4. Ferredoxin-Linked Reactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. P. Böger
      Pages 399-409
    3. B. Vennesland, M. G. Guerrero
      Pages 425-444
    4. P. J. Lea, B. J. Miflin
      Pages 445-456
    5. W. D. P. Stewart
      Pages 457-471
    6. A. Ben-Amotz
      Pages 497-506
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 507-580

About this book


M. GIBBS and E. LATZKO In the preface to his Experiments upon Vegetables, INGEN-Housz wrote in 1779: "The discovery of Dr. PRIESTLEY that plants have a power of correcting bad air . . . shows . . . that the air, spoiled and rendered noxious to animals by their breath­ ing in it, serves to plants as a kind of nourishment. " INGEN-Housz then described his own experiments in which he established that plants absorb this "nourishment" more actively in brighter sunlight. By the turn of the eighteenth century, the "nourishment" was recognized to be CO . Photosynthetic CO2 assimilation, the 2 major subject of this encyclopedia volume, had been discovered. How plants assimilate the CO was a question several successive generations 2 of investigators were unable to answer; scientific endeavor is not a discipline in which it is easy to "put the cart before the horse". The horse, in this case, was the acquisition of radioactive isotopes of carbon, especially 14c. The cart which followed contained the Calvin cycle, formulated by CALVIN, BENSON and BASSHAM in the early 1950's after (a) their detection of glycerate-3-P as the first stable product of CO fixation, (b) their discovery, and that by HORECKER 2 and RACKER, of the COz-fixing enzyme RuBP carboxylase, and (c) the reports by GIBBS and by ARNON of an enzyme (NADP-linked GAP dehydrogenase) capable of using the reducing power made available from sunlight (via photo­ synthetic electron transport) to reduce the glycerate-3-P to the level of sugars.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Gibbs
    • 1
  • Erwin Latzko
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Photobiology of Cells and OrganellesBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA
  2. 2.Botanisches InstitutWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-67244-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-67242-2
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