On the Algae: Thoughts about Physiology and Measurements of Efficiency
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.
KeywordsQuantum Yield Algal Suspension Overflow Metabolism Cell Synthesis Cell Machinery
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