Overview of the Main Mechanisms of Photosynthesis

  • Cataldo De BlasioEmail author
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In this chapter, a more detailed analysis of the photosynthetic process is given to cover some of the most important concepts underlined in the previous sections. The main role of the reaction centers is described along with the different electron donors and acceptors. After the oxidation of water molecules, an accumulation of hydrogen ions is taking place and this gradient in concentration has importance for further enzymatic processes. Some theory of the mechanism of water oxidation is mentioned along with the binding mechanisms of CO2 and the Calvin–Benson cycle.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Energy Technology, Faculty of Science and EngineeringÅbo Akademi UniversityVaasaFinland

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