Introduction: Photosynthesis and the changing environment. Measurement of plant biomass and net primary production. remote sensing of biomass and productivity. Plant growth analysis. Plant Microclimate. Controlled-environment studies. Canopy structure and light interception. Functional leaf anatomy. Water relations. Measurement of CO2 assimilation by plants in the field and the laboratory. Polarographic measurement of oxygen. Carbon isotope discrimination. Chlorophyll fluorescence as a tool in photosynthesis research. Modelling - leaf to canopy. Models of canopy carbon and water balance: tools for data synthesis. Carbon partitioning. Carbon metabolism. Chloroplasts and protoplasts. Thylakoid components and processes. Nitrogen fixation and nitrate reduction. Ammonia assimilation, photorespiration and amino acid biosynthesis. Micro-algae: laboratory growth techniques and biotechnology of biomass production. References. Index.
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