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Although books about photosynthesis have not been placed online for economic reasons, there are Web sites that discuss them and commercial sites that sell them. Some of those sites will be listed here. Many of them will include reviews or summaries and list the table of contents – some may even provide a sample chapter. Many journals are now becoming available online, but usually only to university libraries that pay for the service. Many universities have discovered that it is cost effective (cheaper) to subscribe to the online journals on behalf of their students and faculty, than it is to try and subscribe to the hard copy versions of the journal which must be cataloged and archived by library personnel and is only available to one person at a time. Occasionally a hard copy of the journal is unavailable due to misfiling or because it has been sent out to be bound with other issues. The online version is always available and to as many persons as the library has paid for. Even if the journal issue is not available, the journal publisher’s Web site will often contain the table of contents, abstracts, instructions to authors, and sometimes sample issues or articles. Some authors have also maintained certain rights to the papers or chapters they write allowing them to include them on their personal Web pages. Checking an author’s Web site for publication lists will reveal online access if the article shows up as a link.. More articles are becoming available as funding agencies insist on public access to research funded by taxpayer money.
The most current set of books on photosynthesis and related matters is the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration series being published by Springer, with one of us (G) serving as its Series Editor. From volume 31 (2010), Thomas Sharkey has joined Govindjee as a co-series editor. Descriptions and ordering information can be found at three sites: the publisher (http://www.springer.com/series/5599), and at http://bioenergy.asu.edu/photosyn/books/advances.html (for volumes 1–18) and (http://www.life.illinois.edu/govindjee/newbook/Vol19-25.html) for volumes 19–25. This series currently contains 31 volumes with two more in press and several in preparation. Published volumes are listed below (we list their web site or, when available, Table of Contents and free downloadable Front Matter):
Fig. 16. Four books from the series Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration. Series Editors: Volumes 1–30 (Govindjee); Volumes 31– present (Govindjee and Thomas Sharkey). See: http://www.springer.com/series/5599.
1. The Molecular Biology of Cyanobacteria – edited by Donald A. Bryant (http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-0-7923-3222-0)
2. Anoxygenic Photosynthetic Bacteria – edited by Robert E. Blankenship, Michael T. Madigan, and Carl E. Bauer (http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-0-7923-3681-5)
3. Biophysical Techniques in Photosynthesis – edited by Jan Amesz and Arnold J. Hoff. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-3642-6
4. Oxygenic Photosynthesis: The Light Reactions – edited by Donald R. Ort and Charles F. Yocum (http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-0-7923-3683-9)
5. Photosynthesis and the Environment – edited by Neil R. Baker. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-4316-5
6. Lipids in Photosynthesis: Structure, Function and Genetics – edited by Paul André Siegenthaler and Norio Murata. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-5173-3
7. The Molecular Biology of Chloroplasts and Mitochondria in Chlamydomonas – edited by Jean David Rochaix, Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont and Sabeeha Merchant. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-5174-0
8. The Photochemistry of Carotenoids – edited by Harry A. Frank, Andrew J. Young, George Britton and Richard J. Cogdell. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-5942-5
9. Photosynthesis: Physiology and Metabolism – edited by Richard C. Leegood, Thomas D. Sharkey and Susanne von Caemmerer. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-6143-5
10. Photosynthesis: Photobiochemistry and Photobiophysics – authored by Bacon Ke. http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-0-7923-6791-8
11. Regulation of Photosynthesis – edited by Eva-Mari Aro and Bertil Andersson. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-6332-3
12. Photosynthetic Nitrogen Assimilation and Associated Carbon and Respiratory Metabolism – edited by Christine Foyer and Graham Noctor. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-7923-6336-1
13. Light-Harvesting Antennas in Photosynthesis – edited by Beverley R. Green and William W. Parson: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-0-7923-6335-4
14. Photosynthesis in Algae – edited by Anthony W. D. Larkum, S. E. Douglas and John A. Raven: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-0-7923-6333-0
15. Respiration in Archaea and Bacteria: Diversity of Prokaryotic Electron Transport Carriers – edited by Davide Zannoni: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/biochemistry+%26+biophysics/book/978-1-4020-2001-8
16. Respiration in Archaea and Bacteria: Diversity of Prokaryotic Respiratory Systems – edited by Davide Zannoni: For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-2002-5
17. Plant Mitochondria: From Genome to Function – edited by David A. Day, A. Harvey Millar and James Whelan: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-1-4020-2399-6
18. Plant Respiration: From Cell to Ecosystem – edited by Hans Lambers and Miquel Ribas-Carbo. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-3588-3
19. Chlorophyll a Fluorescence: A Signature of Photosynthesis – edited by George C. Papageorgiou and Govindjee. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-3217-2
20. Discoveries in Photosynthesis – edited by Govindjee, J. Thomas Beatty, Howard Gest and John F. Allen. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-3323-0. This website shows the XVI sections of the book. To see all the historical papers, click on the roman numbers of each section. A unique thing about this book is that it lists, in a section called “In Memoriam”, the birth and death years of a large number of past photosynthesis researchers, as of 2005; this list is included in the free downloadable Back Matter.
21. Photoprotection, Photoinhibition, Gene Regulation and Environment – edited by Barbara Demmig-Adams, William Adams III and Autar K. Mattoo. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-3564-7
22. Photosystem II: The Light-Driven Water:Plastoquinone Oxidoreductase – edited by Thomas J. Wydrzynski and Kimiyuki Satoh. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-4249-2
23. Structure and Function of the Plastids – edited by Robert Wise and J. Kenneth Hoober. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-4060-3
24. Photosystem I: The Light-Driven Plastocyanin:Ferredoxin Oxidoreductase – edited by John H. Golbeck. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-4255-3
25. Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Functions and Applications – edited by Bernhard Grimm, Robert Porra, Wolfhart Rüdiger and Hugo Scheer. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-4515-8
26. Biophysical Techniques in Photosynthesis II – edited by Thijs J. Aartsma and Jörg Matysik. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-8249-8
27. Sulfur Metabolism in Phototrophic Organisms – edited by R. Hell, C. Dahl, D. B. Knaff and Th. Leustek. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-6862-1
28. The Purple Phototrophic Bacteria – edited by C. Neil Hunter, Fevzi Daldal, Marion C. Thurnauer and J. Thomas Beatty. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-8814-8
29. Photosynthesis in Silico: Understanding Complexity from Molecules to Ecosystems – edited by Agu Laisk, Ladislav Nedbal and Govindjee. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-9236-7
30. Lipids in Photosynthesis – edited by Hajime Wada and Norio Murata. For downloading free Front Matter and to see Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-90-481-2862-4 [Note that beginning with this volume (30), all colored figures are within the chapters, and, thus, not available in the free downloadable Front Matter]
31. The Chloroplast – edited by C. A. Rebeiz, C. Benning, H. J. Bohnert, H. Daniell, J. K. Hoober, H. K. Lichtenthaler, A. R. Portis and B. C. Tripathy: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-90-481-8530-6
32. C-4 Photosynthesis and Related CO2 Concentrating Mechanisms – edited by A.S. Raghavendra and R.F. Sage: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-90-481-9406-3
Other books of note are:
Aquatic Photosynthesis, 2nd Edition (2007), by Paul G. Falkowski (Brookhaven National Lab) and John Raven (University of Dundee). It is published by Princeton University Press. It has ten thorough chapters and eight nice colored plates. One of us (G) gives it high marks, “It’s a great book. It will be very useful for all biologists and oceanographers.” It is available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Photosynthesis-Paul-G-Falkowski/dp/0691115516).
Artificial Photosynthesis: From Basic Biology to Industrial Application (2005), edited by Anthony F. Collings and Christa Critchley: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-3527310908.html
C3, C4 : Mechanisms and Cellular and Environmental Regulation of Photosynthesis (1983), by Gerald Edwards and David Walker. A digital edition is available for free download from: http://www.hansatech-instruments.com/books.htm. Also, copies are sometimes available on Amazon.com.
Concepts in Photobiology: Photosynthesis and Photomorphogenesis (1999), edited by Gauri S. Singhal, Gernot Renger, Sudhir K. Sopory, Klaus Dieter Irrgang and Govindjee (http://www.amazon.com/Concepts-Photobiology-Photomorphogenesis-G-S-Singhal/dp/0792355199)
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010), by Bill McKibben, published by Times Books. McKibben, a well-known and popular environmental writer, writes from the point-of-view that climate change has already started and cannot be contained. The author does manage to maintain a positive outlook despite the problems caused by the projected climate change: http://us.macmillan.com/eaarth
Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2004), by Oliver Morton, published by Fourth State. It is a ‘must’ reading for all, even those only remotely interested in Photosynthesis. It is available from Amazon.com and other sources. His blog for the book is Heliophage and can be found at: http://heliophage.wordpress.com/ and his Twitter site is http://twitter.com/Eaterofsun. See additional information at http://bioenergy.asu.edu/CB&P/Books/Eating-the-Sun.html
Energy Transduction in Biological Membranes. A Textbook of Bioenergetics (1989), by William A. Cramer and David B. Knaff. See a book review by B.A. Barry at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1275687/pdf/biophysj00080-0270.pdf. It is a thorough textbook that all graduate students must read.
Membrane Biophysics(2000), by H. Ti Tien and Angelica Ottova-Leitmannova. It was published by Elsevier and complete details are available at: http://www.msu.edu/user/ottova/membrane.biophysics.html.
Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis (2002), by Robert E. Blankenship. Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Molecular-Mechanisms-Photosynthesis-Robert-Blankenship/dp/0632043210. It is a Wiley-Blackwell book: (https://www.blackwellpublishing.com/book.asp?ref=9780632043217&site=1). This is an excellent introduction to photosynthesis and is a great text for college-level courses. We recommend it to all our readers.
Molecular to Global Photosynthesis (2004), edited by Mary D. Archer and James Barber. See: http://www.icpress.co.uk/lifesci/p218.html.
Photobiology: The Science of Light and Life, 2nd Edition, edited by Lars Olof Björn, has a clear and a thorough discussion on “Light,” its measurement and use in biology, including photosynthesis. See its Table of Contents at the following Website: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-387-72654-0
Photosynthesis, 6th Edition (1999), by David O. Hall and Krishna K. Rao has gone through several editions and is still one of the best entry-level textbooks for the study of photosynthesis (http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521644976). Both the authors are now deceased. We hope that someone will take the challenge and produce an equally simple book.
Photosynthesis, 3rd Edition, by David Lawlor, is a good overall book. A reviewer wrote, “This monograph gives a comprehensive overview of photosynthetic system.” The book is available from Amazon.com: (http://www.amazon.com/Photosynthesis-Dr-David-Lawlor/dp/1859961576).
Photosynthesis: A Comprehensive Treatise (1998, edited by Agepati S. Raghavendra, is found at http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521570008 (Cambridge Press).
Photosynthesis Research Protocols (2004), edited by Robert Carpentier. It is available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1588292320/gemotrack8-20). Also see: http://www.springerprotocols.com/BookToc/doi/10.1385/1592597998
Photosynthetic Excitons (2000), by Herbert van Amerongen, Leonas Valkunas and Rienk van Grondelle (http://www.worldscibooks.com/physics/3609.html)
Photosynthetic Unit and Photosystems-History of Research and Current Views (Relationship of Structure and Function)(1997), by A. Wild and R. Ball (http://www.springerlink.com/content/u821771872363212/) (Buckuys Publishers). Its ISBN is: 90-73348-70-6.
Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1997), by Hans-Walter Heldt (Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Göttingen) (with the collaboration of Fiona Heldt) is found at http://www.amazon.com/Plant-Biochemistry-Molecular-Biology-Hans-Walter/dp/019850179X (Oxford University Press).
Probing Photosynthesis: Mechanism, Regulation & Adaptation (2000), edited by Mohammad Yunus, Uday Pathre and Prasanna Mohanty (http://www.amazon.com/Probing-Photosynthesis-Mechanism-Regulation-Adaptation/dp/0748408215). See: http://bioenergy.asu.edu/photosyn/books/probebk.html
Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air, by David J. C. MacKay, is a highly recommended book that covers sustainable energy in a straightforward, non-sensational manner (hence, without hot air); one section is titled, “Numbers, not adjectives,” to indicate that science is more important than political hype. It is available as a paperback book, a free downloadable PDF file, and even chapter-by-chapter on the Web. There are even Kindle and epub versions for digital readers. Access is at: http://www.withouthotair.com/
Fig. 17. Some of the great books written by David Walker, http://www.oxygraphics.co.uk/
David Walker has produced a wonderful set of books that approach photosynthesis from several different angles and which are written for several age groups. Only one (C3 C4 with Gerry Edwards) is out of print but even so there are a few remaining copies on paper. Most are available on CD-ROM or as free downloads (in accord with the principle of fair usage ) from
1. Energy, Plants and Man: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libdocs/epmc.pdf
2. Global Climate Change: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libdocs/global.pdf
3. A Leaf in Time: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libdocs/alit.pdf
4. Like Clockwork: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libdocs/lc2.pdf
5. A New Leaf in Time: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libdocs/anlitall.pdf
6. Use of the Oxygen Electrode: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libdocs/use.pdf
Our favorites are: A Leaf in Time (for ages 8 – 12) which discusses photosynthesis and its relationship to energy, plants and people; A New Leaf in Time (much longer, in PDF format only and with copious hyperlinks, for ages 9 – 99); Energy, Plants and Man, a large, profusely illustrated book with a great deal of information presented in an uncomplicated and humorous manner (http://bioenergy.asu.edu/photosyn/books/walkerbk.html) and is perfect for the classroom (high school, early college) or for just plain enjoyable reading. Like Clockwork is a book in PDF format on a CD/ROM disk (Fig. 17). It covers the story of energy transduction in photosynthesis in an easily understood manner and contains many interesting links, including some surprises (All of these works are highly recommended. Should you encounter problems locating any of these books, feel free to email David Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability. The International Society for Photosynthesis Research and Hansatech company have also made his works available in PDF format at http://www.hansatech-instruments.com/david_walker.htm.
An early classic Photosynthesis by Eugene Rabinowitch and Govindjee, John Wiley (1969) is available free at: http://www.life.illinois.edu/govindjee/photosynBook.html
Links to older volumes and books intended for young readers and the general public can be found at http://bioenergy.asu.edu/photosyn/books.html. A list of other books edited by Govindjee is also available (http://www.life.illinois.edu/govindjee/books.html)
Archives of Microbiology (http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00203/)
Functional Plant Biology (http://www.publish.csiro.au/?nid=102)
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/506062/description#description)
Biomass & Bioenergy (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/986/description#description)
Biophysical Journal (http://www.biophysj.org/)
FEBS Letters (http://www.febsletters.org/)
Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS) (http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jacsat)
Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy (http://www.aspbs.com/jbmbe.html)
Journal of Biological Chemistry (http://www.jbc.org/)
Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design (http://www.springer.com/west/home?SGWID=4-102-70-35677363-0&changeHeader=true&referer=www.wkap.nl&SHORTCUT=www.springer.com/prod/j/0920-654X)
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology (JPP) (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/504092/description#description)
Journal of Physical Chemistry A (http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jpcafh)
Photochemistry and Photobiology (http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0031-8655)
Plant Molecular Biology (http://www.springerlink.com/content/1573-5028/)
Plant Physiology (http://www.plantphysiol.org/)
Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences (USA) (PNAS) (http://www.pnas.org/)
Protein Science (http://www.proteinscience.org/)
Magazines of Interest to the General Public
Current Science (http://www.weeklyreader.com/archive/35)
E Magazine (http://www.emagazine.com/)
National Geographic (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/)
National Wildlife (http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife.aspx)
New Scientist (http://www.newscientist.com/)
Physics Today (http://www.physicstoday.org/)
Popular Mechanics (http://www.popularmechanics.com/)
Popular Science (http://www.popsci.com/)
Science Illustrated (http://www.scienceillustrated.com/index.html)
Science News (http://www.sciencenews.org/)
Scientific American (http://www.scientificamerican.com/)
World and I (http://www.worldandi.com/)
Some selected ones are listed below:
ISPR – International Society of Photosynthesis Research (http://photosynthesis-research.org) For only $80 (students and some others pay even less), you can become a member and get free online access to the international journal Photosynthesis Research, discounts on books and numerous other benefits. Further, ISPR members receive a discount on all books in the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration series published by Springer.
American Chemical Society: http://acswebcontent.acs.org/home.html
American Society for Horticultural Science: http://www.ashs.org/
ASP – American Society for Photobiology: http://www.pol-us.net/ASP_Home/index.html
ASPB – American Society of Plant Biologists [formerly American Society of Plant Physiologists (ASPP)]: http://www.aspb.org/
Biophysical Society: http://www.biophysics.org/
ESP – European Society for Photobiology (http://www.esp-photobiology.it/)
Inter-American Photochemical Society: http://www.i-aps.org/
International Carotenoid Society: http://www.carotenoidsociety.org/
Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists: http://www.jspp.org/eng/index.html
Phycological Society of America: http://www.psaalgae.org/
World Watch Institute: http://www.worldwatch.org/, presents information on many important issues, including climate change, environmental and energy matters.
The Arabidopsis Information Resource: TAIR (http://www.arabidopsis.org/index.jsp)
Chlamydomonas Center: http://www.chlamy.org/
Chloroplast Genome Database: http://chloroplast.cbio.psu.edu/
Cyanosite: the Genome Database for Cyanobacteria: http://www-cyanosite.bio.purdue.edu/index.html
Protein Data Bank (PDB): http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/home/home.do
Rhodobacter sphaeroides genome project: http://www.rhodobacter.org
Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803: http://genome.kazusa.or.jp/cyanobase/Synechocystis
The following vendors that provide supplies, products and equipment for photosynthesis research have requested that we list contacts to their sites.
Analytical Spectral Devices--field portable spectroradiometers: http://www.asdi.com/
Chemical Register: http://www.chemicalregister.com/
CID, Inc.--hand held photosynthesis measuring systems: http://www.cid-inc.com/
DMP Ltd.--photosynthesis measuring systems: http://www.dmp.ch/control.php?&topgroupname=Environment
EARS—Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing: http://www.ears.nl
Fisher Scientific: http://www.fisher1.com/
Hansatech Instruments: http://www.hansatech-instruments.com/. We want to commend Hansatch for making most of David Walker’s publications available at http://www.hansatech-instruments.com/david_walker.htm
Li-Cor Environmental Division: http://www.licor.com/env/
Olis--equipment for photosynthesis research: http://olisweb.com/
Opti-Sciences, Inc.--chlorophyll fluorometers: http://www.optisci.com/
Photon Systems Instruments: http://www.psi.cz/
PP Systems--photosynthesis, chorophyll fluorescence, spectrometers, environmental sensors: http://www.ppsystems.com/
Walz Company--instruments to measure gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence: http://www.walz.com/
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This Website is based on the Review: Photosynthesis Online. Photosynthesis Research (2010) 105: 167–200, DOI: 10.1007/s11120-010-9570-8
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