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Survey of tools for measuring in vivo photosynthesis

Walker, BJ and Busch, FA and Driever, SM and Kromdijk, J and Lawson, T (2018) 'Survey of tools for measuring in vivo photosynthesis.' In: Covshoff, S, (ed.) Photosynthesis. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1770 . Springer, 3 - 24. ISBN 978-1-4939-7785-7

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Abstract

Measurements of in vivo photosynthesis are powerful tools that probe the largest fluxes of carbon and energy in an illuminated leaf, but often the specific techniques used are so varied and specialized that it is difficult for researchers outside the field to select and perform the most useful assays for their research questions. The goal of this chapter is to provide a broad overview of the current tools available for the study of in vivo photosynthesis so as to provide a foundation for selecting appropriate techniques, many of which are presented in detail in subsequent chapters. This chapter also organizes current methods into a comparative framework and provides examples of how they have been applied to research questions of broad agronomical, ecological, or biological importance. The chapter closes with an argument that the future of in vivo measurements of photosynthesis lies in the ability to use multiple methods simultaneously and discusses the benefits of this approach to currently open physiological questions. This chapter, combined with the relevant methods chapters, could serve as a laboratory course in methods in photosynthesis research or as part of a more comprehensive laboratory course in general plant physiology methods.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Biological Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 14:15
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22719

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