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Photosynthesis in silico

Understanding Complexity from Molecules to Ecosystems

Laisk, Agu, Nedbal, Ladislav, Govindjee (Eds.)

2009, XXI, 503 p.

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  • Unique book in its integrated approach to the understanding of photosynthesis processes
  • Presents understanding of photosynthesis by way of mathematical constructions, reflecting essential features of a natural system
  • Chapters are presented with emphasis on the latest breakthroughs
  • Expected to be a beginning for creating a comprehensive modeling space of photosynthetic processes that would facilitate an ongoing ‘falsification-upgrade’ modeling spiral and would allow mergers between related model lines

Photosynthesis in silico: Understanding Complexity from Molecules to Ecosystems is a unique book that aims to show an integrated approach to the understanding of photosynthesis processes. In this volume - using mathematical modeling - processes are described from the biophysics of the interaction of light with pigment systems to the mutual interaction of individual plants and other organisms in canopies and large ecosystems, up to the global ecosystem issues. Chapters are written by 44 international authorities from 15 countries. Mathematics is a powerful tool for quantitative analysis. Properly programmed, contemporary computers are able to mimic complicated processes in living cells, leaves, canopies and ecosystems. These simulations - mathematical models - help us predict the photosynthetic responses of modeled systems under various combinations of environmental conditions, potentially occurring in nature, e.g., the responses of plant canopies to globally increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration. Tremendous analytical power is needed to understand nature's infinite complexity at every level. This book is not a list of equations and computer programs, but the emphasis is on analytical ideas facilitating the understanding of complex interactions governing the photosynthetic process on every level and between different levels of hierarchy. The book provides the necessary background on photosynthesis and demonstrates the benefits of the computer-aided quantitative analysis of its reactions; it is designed for graduate students and researchers in plant physiology, functional plant biology, plant biochemistry, systems biology, biophysics, bio-energy and bio-fuel.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Assimilat - Complexity - Molecules to Ecosystems - Photosynthesis in Silico - Transport - in silico - metabolism - nitrogen - photosynthesis

Related subjects » Biochemistry & Biophysics - Plant Sciences

Table of contents 

Contents.- Preface.- The Editors.- Author Index.- Color Plates.- Part I: General Problems of Biological Modeling: 1. Trends and Tools for Modeling in Modern Biology; Michael Hucka and James Schaff.- 2. Scaling and Integration of Kinetic Models of Photosynthesis: Towards Comprehensive E-Photosynthesis; Ladislav Nedbal, Jan Cervený and Henning Schmidt.- Part II: Modeling of Light Harvesting and Primary Charge Separation: 3. Modeling Light Harvesting and Primary Charge Separation in Photosystem I and Photosystem II; Rienk van Grondelle, Vladimir I. Novoderezhkin and Jan P. Dekker.- 4. Unraveling the Hidden Nature of Antenna Excitations; Arvi Freiberg and Gediminas Trinkunas.- Part III: Modeling Electron Transport and Chlorophyll Fluorescence: 5. Models of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Transients; Dušan Lazár and Gert Schansker.- 6. Modeling of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Kinetics in Plant Cells: Derivation of a Descriptive Algorithm; Wim Vredenberg and Ondrej Prasil.- 7. Modeling of the Primary Processes in a Photosynthetic Membrane; Andrew Rubin and Galina Riznichenko.- 8. Clustering of Electron Transfer Components: Kinetic and Thermodynamic Consequences; Jérôme Lavergne.- Part IV: Integrated Modeling of Light and Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: 9. Biochemical Model of C3 Photosynthesis; Susanne von Caemmerer, Graham Farquhar and Joseph Berry.- 10. Modeling the Temperature Dependence of C3 Photosynthesis; Carl J. Bernacchi, David Rosenthal, Carlos Pimentel, Stephen P. Long and Graham D. Farquhar.- 11. A model of the Generalized Stoichiometry of Electron Transport Limited C3 Photosynthesis: Development and Applications; Xinyou Yin, Jeremy Harbinson and Paul C. Struik.- 12. Modeling the Kinetics of Activation and Reaction of Rubisco from Gas Exchange; Hadi Farazdaghi.- 13. Leaf C3Photosynthesis in silico: Integrated Carbon/Nitrogen Metabolism; Agu Laisk, Hillar Eichelmann and Vello Oja.- 14. Leaf C4 Photosynthesis in silico: the CO2 Concentrating Mechanism; Agu Laisk and Gerald Edwards.- 15. Flux Control Analysis of the Rate of Photosynthetic CO2 Assimilation; Ian E. Woodrow.- Part V: From Leaves to Canopies to the Globe: 16. Packing the Photosynthetic Machinery: From Leaf to Canopy*; Ülo Niinemets and Niels P. R. Anten.- 17. Can Increase in Rubisco Specificity Increase Carbon Gain by Whole Canopy? A Modeling Analysis; Xin-Guang Zhu and Stephen P. Long.- 18. Role of Photosynthetic Induction for Daily and Annual Carbon Gains of Leaves and Plant Canopies; Manfred Küppers and Michael Pfiz.- 19. Photosynthesis within Large-Scale Ecosystem Models; Stephan A. Pietsch and Hubert Hasenauer.- 20. Photosynthesis in Global-Scale Models; Andrew D. Friend, Richard J. Geider, Michael J. Behrenfeld and Christopher J. Still.- Index.

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