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A new book on "Chlorophyll a Fluorescence: A Signature of Photosynthesis"

Govindjee gov at uiuc.edu
Sat Oct 30 23:21:37 EST 2004

Dear plant biologists:

Chlorophyll a fluorescence is a powerful non-destructive tool to study the
function of plants (including all grasses; rice; wheat; maize) and algae.
"Fluorescence Changes with time of illumination"  can even serve as  a
"bar code" of different species. It is used to study stress in plants; to
study diseases of plants; and productivity of plants. I bring to your
attention information on this new book on this topic.

THE NEW BOOK "Chlorophyll Fluorescence: A Signature of Photosynthesis"
highlights chlorophyll (Chl) a fluorescence as a convenient, non-invasive,
highly sensitive, rapid and quantitative probe of oxygenic photosynthesis.
Thirty-one chapters, authored by 58 international experts, provide a solid
foundation of the basic theory, as well as of the application of the rich
information contained in the Chl a fluorescence signal as it relates to
photosynthesis and plant productivity. Although the primary photochemical
reactions of photosynthesis are highly efficient, a small fraction of
absorbed photons escapes as Chl fluorescence, and this fraction varies
with metabolic state, providing a basis for monitoring quantitatively
various processes of photosynthesis. The book explains the mechanisms with
which plants defend themselves against environmental stresses (excessive
light, extreme temperatures, drought, hyper-osmolarity, heavy metals and
UV). It also includes discussion on fluorescence imaging of leaves and
cells and the remote sensing of Chl fluorescence from terrestrial,
airborne, and satellite bases. The book is intended for use by graduate
students, beginning researchers and advanced undergraduates in the areas
of integrative plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, plant
biology, biochemistry, biophysics, plant physiology, global ECOLOGY and


Chlorophyll a Fluorescence: A Signature of Photosynthesis.
Series : Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Volume  19
Papageorgiou, G.C.; and Govindjee (Eds.)2004, Approx. 820 p.8 illus. in
color., HardcoverISBN:1-4020-3217-X, Due: December 2004 , Approximate
price: $319.

The book  was typeset by Larry Orr of ASU at Tempe ,AZ, ; and it has a
nice cover by Nancy Kiang of NASA.

 It is published by SPRINGER, and you can find it at the following
website: Go to http://www.springeronline.com, and type “Advances in
Photosynthesis and Respiration” in their Search window and you will find
this listing after going through a couple of windows.Please request your
librarian or the Head of your laboratory to purchase this book for your use.

Posted by Govindjee
Series Editor of Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration

Mailing address: Govindjee, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry, Biophysics
and Plant Biology, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois,
265 Morrill Hall,MC-116, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana,IL 61801-3707,

Telephones: 217-337-0627 (home); 217-333-1794 (office); fax: 217-244-7246
E-mail: gov at life.uiuc.edu; URL: http://www.life.uiuc.edu/govindjee


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