Respiration and Photorespiration in Marine Algae

  • John E. Burris
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 19)


Plants carry on two forms of respiration — mitochondrial or dark respiration and photorespiration. Dark respiration, as the name implies, occurs in the absence of light. It also occurs in the presence of light, although the rate of dark respiration may be different in the light than in the dark. Photorespiration, in contrast, occurs only in the light, as the substrate required for photorespiration is generated in the light and is rapidly depleted in the absence of light. In this paper, these two forms of plant respiration will be discussed, with particular emphasis placed on their rates and their effects on primary productivity in marine algae.


Marine Alga Dark Respiration Freshwater Alga Dark Respiration Rate Thalassiosira Pseudonana 
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  • John E. Burris
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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