I am proud to announce the publication of Volume 11, Regulation of Photosynthesis, edited by Eva-Mari Aro and Bertil Andersson, in our Series. This volume is the first one to appear under the new title of Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration. Further, a new beginning is made here with the appointment of new members of the Board of Consulting Editors. They are: Christine Foyer, UK; Elisabeth Gantt, USA; John H. Golbeck, USA; Susan Golden, USA; Wolfgang Junge, Germany; Hartmut Michel, Germany; and Kimiyuki Satoh, Japan. I take this opportunity to welcome them and to thank the members ofthe previous Board of Consulting Editors: Jan Amesz*, the Netherlands, Eva-Mari Aro, Finland; James Barber, UK; Robert E. Blankenship, USA; Norio Murata, Japan; and Donald R. Ort, USA. Eva-Mari has kindly agreed to stay with the Board until Volume 12, after which we will appoint someone devoted solely to the area of "Respiration."
The present volume is a sequel to the following ten volumes in the Advances in Photosynthesis (AIPH) series.
(1) Molecular Biology of Cyanobacteria (D.A. Bryant, editor, 1994);
(2) Anoxygenic Photo synthetic Bacteria (R.E. Blankenship, M.T. Madigan and C.E. Bauer, editors, 1995);
(3) Biophysical Techniques in Photosynthesis (J. Amesz and A.J. Hoff, editors, 1996);
(4) Oxygenic Photosynthesis: The Light Reactions (D.R. Ort and C.F. Yocum, editors, 1996);
(5) Photosynthesis and the Environment (N.R. Baker, editor, 1996);
(6) Lipids in Photosynthesis: Structure, Function and Genetics (P.-A. Siegenthaler and N. Murata, editors, 1998);
(7) The Molecular Biology of Chloroplasts and Mitochondria in Chlamydomonas (J.-D. Rochaix, M. Goldschmidt-Clermont and Sabeeha Merchant, editors, 1998);
* Deceased January 29, 2001
(8) The Photochemistry of Carotenoids (H.A. Frank, A.J. Young, G. Britton and R.J. Cogdell, editors, 1999);
(9) Photosynthesis: Physiology and Metabolism (R.C. Leegood, T.D. Sharkey and Susanne von Caemmerer, editors, 2000); and
(10) Photosynthesis: Photobiochemistry and Photobiophysics (Bacon Ke, author, 2001)
See <http://www.wkap.nl/series.htm/AIPH> for further information and to order these books. Please note that the members of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research, ISPR (<http://www. photosynthesisresearch.org>) receive special discounts.
This new volume, Volume 11, is devoted to a critical area of photosynthesis, regulation. Regulation is the key for the optimum functioning of photosynthesis, and for dealing with both the abiotic (temperature, C02-deficiency, drought, and even light) and bio tic stresses that are imposed on the plants. Eva-Mari Aro and Bertil Andersson have provided us with an authoritative book that has a broad perspective of the regulatory processes of photosynthesis. I have read the entire book and am impressed with the thoroughness of each chapter; it is a unique book in a rapidly growing field of plant biology. I predict that this book will remain a major resource in the area of 'regulatory processes' for decades to come. It provides the genetic and biochemical basis of: regulation of chloroplast gene expression and signal transduction; how nuclear and chloroplast genomes cooperate; how photosynthesis controls its own functions through redox regulation and through metabolism of the end-products; how proteins are correctly placed in the membranes; biogenesis and assembly of photosynthetic apparatus; and, how a myriad of enzymes, present at low levels, control and regulate many processes in the photosynthetic cells, among other topics. This book is highly suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, beginning researchers, and even experts in the areas of plant biochemistry; plant physiology; plant molecular biology; molecular and cellular biology; integrative biology; microbiology; and plant biology.
We expect that the scope of our series, beginning with this volume, will reflect the concept that photosynthesis and respiration are intertwined with respect to both the protein complexes involved and to the entire bioenergetic machinery of all life. Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration is a book series providing a comprehensive and state-of-the-art account of research in photosynthesis and respiration. Photosynthesis is the process by which higher plants, algae, and certain species of bacteria transform and store solar energy in the form of energy-rich organic molecules. These compounds are in turn used as the energy source for all growth and reproduction in these and almost all other organisms. As such, virtually all life on the planet ultimately depends on photosynthetic energy conversion. Respiration, which occurs in mitochondrial and bacterial membranes, utilizes energy present in organic molecules to fuel a wide range of metabolic reactions critical for cell growth and development. In addition, many photosynthetic organisms engage in energetically wasteful photorespiration that begins in the chloroplast with an oxygenation reaction catalyzed by the same enzyme responsible for capturing carbon dioxide in photosynthesis. This series of books spans topics from physics to agronomy and medicine, from femtosecond processes to season long production, from the photophysics of reaction centers, through the electrochemistry of intermediate electron transfer, to the physiology of whole organisms, and from X-ray crystallography ofproteins to the morphology of organelles and intact organisms. The intent of the series is to offer beginning researchers, advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and even research specialists, a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the remarkable advances across the full scope of research on bioenergetics and carbon metabolism.
The readers of the current series are encouraged to watch for the publication of the forthcoming books:
(1) Light-harvesting Antennas in Photosynthesis
(2) Photosynthesis in Algae (Editors: A.W.D.
(3) Photosynthetic Nitrogen Assimilation and Associated Organic Acid Metabolism (Editors: C.H. Foyer and G. Noctor);
(4) Chlorophyll a Fluorescence: A Signature of Photosynthesis (Editors: G. Papageorgiou and Govindjee); and,
(5) Photosystem II: The Water/Plastoquinone Oxido-reductase in Photosynthesis (Editors: T. Wydrzynski and K. Satoh).
In addition to these contracted books, invitations are out for several books. Topics planned are: Archael, Bacterial and Plant Respiration; Protein Complexes of Photosynthesis and Respiration; Photoinhibition and Photoprotection; Photosystem I; Protonation and ATP Synthesis; Global Aspects of Photosynthesis; Functional Genomics; History of Photosynthesis; The Chlorophylls; The Cytochromes; The Chloro-plast; Laboratory Methods for Studying Leaves and Whole Plants; and C-3 and C-4 Plants. In view ofthe interdisciplinary character of research in photosynthesis and respiration, it is my earnest hope that this series of books will be used in educating students and researchers not only in Plant Sciences, Molecular and Cell Biology, Integrative Biology, Biotechnology, Agricultural Sciences, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics, but also in Bioengineering, Chemistry, and Physics.
I take this opportunity to thank Eva-Mari Aro; Bertil Andersson; all the authors ofvolume 11; Larry Orr; Jacco Flipsen, Gloria Verhey; and my wife Rajni Govindjee for their valuable help and support that made the publication of Regulatory Aspects of Photosynthesis possible.
Readers are requested to send their suggestions for future volumes, authors or editors to me by E-mail ([email protected]) or fax (1-217-244-7246).
May 14, 2001
Govindjee Series Editor,
Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Plant Biology 265 Morrill Hall 505 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL 61801-3707, U.S.A.
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