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Main Title Photobiology The Science of Life and Light / [electronic resource] :
Author Björn, Lars Olof.
Publisher Springer New York,
Year Published 2008
Call Number QK1-989
ISBN 9780387726557
Subjects Life sciences. ; Evolution (Biology). ; Botany. ; Plant anatomy. ; Plant physiology.
Internet Access
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Edition Second Edition.
Collation XXII, 684 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
The Nature of Light and Its Interaction with Matter -- Principles and Nomenclature for the Quantification of Light -- Generation and Control of Light -- The Measurement of Light -- Light as a Tool for Biologists: Recent Developments -- Terrestrial Daylight -- Underwater Light -- Action Spectroscopy in Biology -- Spectral Tuning in Biology -- Photochemical Reactions in Biological Light Perception and Regulation -- The Diversity of Eye Optics -- The Evolution of Photosynthesis and Its Environmental Impact -- Photosynthetic Light Harvesting, Charge Separation, and Photoprotection: The Primary Steps -- The Biological Clock and Its Resetting by Light -- Photoperiodism in Insects and Other Animals -- Photomorphogenesis and Photoperiodism in Plants -- The Light-Dependent Magnetic Compass -- Phototoxicity -- Ozone Depletion and the Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation -- Vitamin D: Photobiological and Ecological Aspects -- The Photobiology of Human Skin -- Light Treatment in Medicine -- Bioluminescence -- Hints for Teaching Experiments and Demonstrations -- The Amateur Scientist's Spectrophotometer. Since the publication of the first edition in 2002, there has been an explosion of new knowledge in the field of photobiology. Photobiology: The Science of Life and Light, Second edition, is fully updated and offers eight new chapters for a comprehensive look at photobiology. The chapters cover all areas of photobiology, photochemistry, and relationship between light and biology, each with up-to-date references. The chapter authors (of which seven are new) have very different backgrounds, and have produced a truly cross-disciplinary treatise. The book starts with the physics and chemistry of light, and how to handle light in the laboratory and measure it in the field, the properties of daylight, and new uses of light in research. It deals with the evolution of photosynthesis and with the mechanisms of its primary steps. Four chapters deal with how organisms use light for their orientation in space and time: the biological clock and its resetting by light, the light-dependent magnetic compass, and photoperiodism in animals and plants. There are also several medically oriented chapters and two chapters specifically aimed at the photobiology educator. The book is suitable for biologically interested readers at different levels from undergraduates to professors, researchers and medical doctors. About the Editor: Lars Olof Björn is professor emeritus at Lund University and has earned several prizes for popularizing science, as well as a Linnaeus prize for botany and a Rimington prize for photobiology. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was on the board of the International Photobiology Association for twelve years.