Kärin Nickelsen: A History of Photosynthesis Research, 1840-1960
Photosynthesis is known as the process by which green plants utilize the energy of sunlight to produce carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water in the green parts of the plant. It is fundamental to life on earth, and the way organisms accomplish this task has intrigued scientists for centuries. The first tentative (and rather simplistic) ideas were developed by organic chemists around 1840, while by 1960 an elaborate photosynthesis model at a molecular level had been established, encompassing a set of light reactions, with two different photochemical systems, which was linked to a light-independent sequence of dark reactions via a cyclic pathway. The paper outlines important milestones of this development, while it pays particular attention to the factors that drove the research in one direction or other.
The lecture will be held in English.
Vortrag im Rahmen des Kolloquiums ESO, ESO-Headquarter Garching
wann? Mittwoch, 25.09.2012 um 12:30 Uhr
wo? ESO Headquarter Garching,
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching