Non-Photochemical Quenching and Energy Dissipation in Plants, Algae and Cyanobacteria

  • Barbara Demmig-Adams
  • Gyozo Garab
  • William Adams III
  •  Govindjee

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. William W. Adams III, Barbara Demmig-Adams
    Pages 45-72
  3. Evgeny E. Ostroumov, Yaser R. Khan, Gregory D. Scholes, Govindjee
    Pages 97-128
  4. Tjaart P. J. Krüger, Cristian Ilioaia, Peter Horton, Maxime T. A. Alexandre, Rienk van Grondelle
    Pages 157-185
  5. Barry A. Logan, Barbara Demmig-Adams, William W. Adams III, Wolfgang Bilger
    Pages 187-201
  6. Andrew A. Pascal, Alexander V. Ruban, Bruno Robert
    Pages 245-257
  7. Matthew D. Brooks, Stefan Jansson, Krishna K. Niyogi
    Pages 297-314
  8. Alexander V. Ruban, Conrad W. Mullineaux
    Pages 373-386
  9. Giovanni Finazzi, Jun Minagawa
    Pages 445-469
  10. Diana Kirilovsky, Radek Kaňa, Ondřej Prášil
    Pages 471-501
  11. William W. Adams III, Onno Muller, Christopher M. Cohu, Barbara Demmig-Adams
    Pages 503-529
  12. Barbara Demmig-Adams, Seok-Chan Koh, Christopher M. Cohu, Onno Muller, Jared J. Stewart, William W. Adams III
    Pages 531-552
  13. Fermín Morales, Javier Abadía, Anunciación Abadía
    Pages 605-630
  14. Barbara Demmig-Adams, Jared J. Stewart, William W. Adams III
    Pages 631-643
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 645-649

About this book


Harnessing the sun’s energy via photosynthesis is at the core of sustainable production of food, fuel, and materials by plants, algae, and cyanobacteria. Photosynthesis depends on protection (photoprotection) against the perils of intense sunlight.  The first line of defense among a cascade of photoprotective mechanisms is the safe removal of excess excitation energy within the light-harvesting system. The widely used indicator for photoprotective energy dissipation (thermal de-excitation of excited-state chlorophyll) is the quick, facile, and non-destructive assessment of non-photochemical quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence (NPQ). By placing light harvesting and photoprotection into the context of whole-organism function, this book directs the use of NPQ to aid in the identification of plant and algal lines with superior stress resistance and productivity. Furthermore, this volume addresses open questions in the interpretation of the molecular mechanisms of light harvesting and energy dissipation, the resolution of which should aid in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems. A comprehensive picture – from theory to practice, and from single molecules to organisms in ecosystems – is presented. In addition to providing current views of the leading specialists in this area, this book includes basic and practical information for non-specialists. For example, this book critically examines uses and misuses of the term NPQ and of advantages and pitfalls of NPQ measurements, and presents concrete recommendations for all concerned.


Carotenoids Light harvesting Photoprotection Photosynthesis Plant stress resistance

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Demmig-Adams
    • 1
  • Gyozo Garab
    • 2
  • William Adams III
    • 3
  •  Govindjee
    • 4
  1. 1.Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of Colorado, BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Photosynthetic Membranes Biological Research CenterInstitute of Plant Biology Hungarian Academy of SciencesSzegedHungary
  3. 3.Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  4. 4.Department of Plant Biology 265 Morrill Hall, MC-116University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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