Permeabilized Cyanobacteria: A Model System for Photosynthetic and Biotechnological Studies

  • George C. Papageorgiou
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 168)


The cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) is the largest group of phototrophs in the superkingdom Prokaryotae (Stanier and Cohen Bazire, 1977). Micropalaeontology places their origin in the middle of the Precambrian Eon, some 2.8–3.5 billion years ago, but it has not been able to decide yet whether filamentous or unicellular varieties appeared first (Schopf and Walter, 1982). Those archaeic cyanobacteria were the first photoautotrophs on our planet that were endowed with an oxygenic photosynthetic machine, and so they are credited with the enrichment of Earth’s atmosphere in oxygen.


Thylakoid Membrane Electron Transport Rate Cell Envelope Electron Transport Activity Ionic Strength Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George C. Papageorgiou
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  1. 1.National Reseach Center DemokritosInstitute of BiologyAthensGreece

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