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Contributions of Henrik Lundegårdh

  • Anthony William Derek Larkum
Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 20)

Abstract

Henrik Lundegårdh made major contributions in the field of ecology and plant physiology from 1912 to 1969. His early work at Hallands Väderö in the Kattegat pioneered quantitative approaches to plant ecology and laid the understanding of carbon dioxide exchange in natural communities which is still useful today in global carbon accounting. Very early on in this work he invented the flame photometer. In trying to understand salt respiration of plants, he started to formulate hypotheses for the relationship between respiration and ion movement, including protons, hypotheses that were forerunners to the Chemiosmotic Hypothesis of Peter Mitchell. Necessarily, this involved work on plant cytochromes. He invented several early recording spectrophotometers and made many early discoveries in the field of plant cytochromes, including the photo-oxidation of cytochrome f in photosynthesis.

Key words

Hans Burström carbon accounting carbon cycle chemiosmosis cytochromes flame photometer Robin Hill David Keilin Georg Klebs Peter Mitchell salt respiration Wilhelm Pfeffer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony William Derek Larkum
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  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of SydneyAustralia

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