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OxygenA Four Billion Year History$
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Donald Eugene Canfield

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145020

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145020.001.0001

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Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis

Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis

(p.26) Chapter 3 Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis

Donald Eugene Canfield

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the evolution of oxygen-producing organisms by considering the evolution and assembly of its basic constituent parts. It focuses on the following key questions: (1) What is the evolutionary history of chlorophyll? (2) What are the evolutionary histories of photosystem I and photosystem II (PSII)? (3) What is the origin of the oxygen-evolving complex in PSII? And finally, (4) what is the evolutionary history of Rubisco? In addressing these, the chapter seeks to understand the complex path leading to the evolution of oxygenic photosynthesis on Earth. This event was one of the major transforming events in the history of life. With no oxygenic photosynthesis, there would be no oxygen in the atmosphere; there would also be no plants, no animals, and nobody to tell this story.

Keywords:   Earth, oxygen-producing organisms, chlorophyll, evolutionary history, oxygenic photosynthesis

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