Molecular biology, particularly molecular genetics, is among the newest and most powerful approach in modern photosynthesis research. Development of molecular biology techniques has provided new methods to solve old problems in many biological disciplines. Molecular biology has its greatest potential for contribution when applied in combination with other disciplines, to focus not just on genes and molecules, but on the complex interaction between them and the biochemical pathways in the whole organism. Photosynthesis is surely the best studied research area in plant biology, making this field the foremost candidate for successfully employing molecular genetic techniques. Already, the success of molecular biology in photosynthesis has been nothing short of spectacular. Work performed over the last few years, much of which is sum- marized in this volume, stands in evidence. Techniques such as site-specific mutagenesis have helped us in examining the roles of individual protein domains in the function of multiunit complexes such as the enzyme ribulose-l ,5-bisphos- phate carboxylase/oxygenase (RUBISCO) and the oxygen evolving photo- system (the photosystem II). The techniques of molecular biology have been very important in advancing the state of knowledge of the reaction center from the photosynthetic bacteria whose structure has been elegantly deduced by H. Michel and 1. Deisenhofer from the X-ray studies of its crystals.
Number of pages: 844
Weight: 1276 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 42 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 198
`I would reckon the book to be an important addition to the existing and forthcoming monographs on photosynthesis. It is a highly useful reference work for researchers engaged in photosynthesis and biotechnology in Universities....the monograph will be a most important acquisition.'
Phytomorphology, July 1991