Graham P. Harris:

Photosynthesis, productivity and growth

The physiological ecology of phytoplankton

1978. IV, 171 pages, 27 figures, 4 tables, 16x24cm, 380 g
Language: English

(Advances in Limnology, Volume 10)

ISBN 978-3-510-47008-2, paperback, price: 29.90 €

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The present volume gives an overview about records of measurements of primary productivity and related topics in the lakes and oceans of the world. Planktonic algae (phytoplankton) exist in a three-dimensionally intermittently mixed environment. For many years limnologists and oceanographers have been measuring the primary productivity of phytoplankton by suspending water samples, containing phytoplankton, in the water and measuring the exchange of oxygen and carbon which takes place or have been taking water samples to the laboratories, and measuring the productivity under controlled conditions.

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1. Introduction 1
2. The structure and function of the photosynthetic apparatus 4
3. In viva fluorescence 7
4. The effect of light intensity and quality on the structure and
composition of the photosynthetic apparatus 10
5. Electron transport, action spectra and the quantum yield of
photosynthesis 14
6. Light absorption and the light-limited rate of photosynthesis 17
7. Photosynthetic carbon fixation 32
8. Carbohydrate metabolism 38
9. Induction phenomena and the effects of temperature 42
10. Glycolate metabolism 45
11. Photorespiration 53
12. Respiration 55
13. The effect of temperature on the rate of respiration 64
14. Methods
a) Oxygen techniques 65
b) Carbon techniques 68
15. Photoinhibition 73
16. Photosynthesis at saturating irradiances 79
17. Diel patterns of photosynthetic activity 83
18. Photosynthetic control Light saturation and transients 90
19. Diel migration, settling velocities and turbulent mixing 91
20. Photosynthesis and productivity in a mixed layer 98
21. Self-shading and light penetration in the mixed layer 107
22. The importance of photoassimilation and heterotrophy 110
23. Photosynthesis, productivity and growth. An integrated survival
strategy 112
Acknowledgements 126
Zusarnmenfassung 126
References 128