Photosynthesis: Leaf and Whole Plant Aspects

  • T. A. Mansfield
  • Michael B. Jones


Photosynthesis is essentially the conversion of light energy to usable chemical energy. The basic requirements for the entire process are seen from the overall equation (compare pp. 143f.)
$$ C{O_2} + 4{H_2}O\xrightarrow[{chlorophyll}]{{light}}\left( {C{H_2}O} \right) + 3{H_2}O + {O_2} $$


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Further Reading


  1. O. V. S. Heath, The Physiological Aspects of Photosynthesis (Heinemann, London, 1969).Google Scholar
  2. H. Meidner and T. A. Mansfield, Physiology of Stomata (McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, 1968).Google Scholar
  3. J. L. Monteith, Principles of Environmental Physics (Edward Arnold, London, 1973).Google Scholar
  4. I. Zelitch, Photosynthesis, Photorespiration and Plant Productivity (Academic Press, New York, 1971).Google Scholar

Reviews on Specific Topics

  1. C. C. Black, ‘Photosynthetic Carbon Fixation in Relation to Net CO2 Uptake’, A. Rev. Pl. Physiol., 24 (1973) pp. 253–86.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. J. Coombs, ‘β-carboxylation, Photorespiration and Photosynthetic Carbon Assimilation in Plants’, in Current Advances in Plant Science, 2 (1973).Google Scholar
  3. M. D. Hatch and C. R. Slack, ‘The C4-dicarboxylic Acid Pathway of Photosynthesis’, in Progress in Phytochemistry, vol. 2, ed. L. Reinhold and Y. Liwschitz (Interscience, London, 1970) pp. 35–106.Google Scholar
  4. W. M. Laetsch, ‘The C4 Syndrome: A Structural Analysis’, A. Rev. Pl. Physiol., 25 (1974) pp. 27–52.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. E. Lemon, ‘Gaseous Exchange in Crop Stands’, in Physiological Aspects of Crop Yield, ed. J. D. Eastin, F. A. Haskins, C. Y. Sullivan and C. H. M. van Bavel (American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America, 1969) pp. 117–37.Google Scholar
  6. M. C. Lewis, The Physiological Significance of Variation in Leaf Structure’, Sci. Prog., 60 (1972) pp. 25–51.Google Scholar
  7. T. A. Mansfield, ‘Chemical Control of Stomatal Movements’, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B., 273 (1975) pp. 109–118.Google Scholar
  8. K. Raschke, ‘Stomatal Action’, A. Rev. Pl. Physiol., 26 (1975) pp. 309–340.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Determinations of Rates of Photosynthesis and Diffusion Resistance

  1. Z. Sestak, J. Catsky and P. G. Jarvis (ed.), Plant Photosynthetic Production: Manual of Methods (Junk, The Hague, 1971).Google Scholar

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  • T. A. Mansfield
  • Michael B. Jones

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