On the Algae: Thoughts about Physiology and Measurements of Efficiency

  • Jack Myers
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 19)


Though I am honored to be a keynote speaker for this symposium, I am going to duck the responsibility of providing a review. For any thorough review of algal physiology I would not have the temerity and you would not have the patience. Thirty years ago I attempted such a review (1) because one was then needed to define a discipline emerging at the interfaces between microbiology, phycology, and plant physiology. What I can say here most usefully will be directed toward two diverse targets. First, I shall consider the consequences or corollaries of the fact that the algae (at least the microalgae) are microbes. Secondly, I shall consider the ultimate limit of productivity, the maximum efficiency of photosynthetic cell synthesis.


Quantum Yield Algal Suspension Overflow Metabolism Cell Synthesis Cell Machinery 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Myers
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  1. 1.Departments of Zoology and BotanyThe University of TexasAustinUSA

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