Respiration in aquatic photolithotrophs

John A. Raven, John Beardall

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This chapter discusses respiratory processes in phytoplankton to demonstrate the range of respiratory processes found in phytoplankton, describe the functions of these individual pathways, and explore their interactions. Phytoplankton organisms have core respiratory processes common to most planktonic organisms; these reactions occur in the dark and, to varying extents, in the light. These organisms also experience oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production reactions related to their photosynthetic apparatus. Two of these, the Mehler-peroxidase reaction and the oxidase function of ribulose biphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase (RUBISCO), are light dependent; a third, chlororespiration, occurs mainly in the dark.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRespiration in Aquatic Ecosystems
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
ISBN (Electronic)9780191713347
ISBN (Print)9780198527084
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007


  • Carbon dioxide
  • Chlororespiration
  • Mehler-peroxidase reaction
  • Oxygen uptake
  • Phytoplankton
  • Ribulose biphosphate carboxylaseoxygenase

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