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By Wilhelm Nultsch (auth.), F. Lenci, F. Ghetti, G. Colombetti, D.-P. Häder, Pill-Soon Song (eds.)

This quantity includes the lectures given on the NATO complex research Institute on "Biophysics of Photoreceptors and Photomovements in Microorganisms" held in Tir­ renia (Pisa), Italy, in September 1990. The Institute used to be subsidized and ordinarily funded by means of the clinical Affairs department of NATO; the actual technological know-how Committee and the Institute of Biophysics of nationwide examine Council of Italy additionally supported the college and considerably contributed to its good fortune. it truly is our friendly accountability to thank those institu­ tions. Scientists from very diverse backgrounds contributed to the knowledge of this speedy constructing box of study, which has visible huge development over the past years. The parts of craftsmanship ranged from behavioral sciences, supported via sophi­ sticated recommendations reminiscent of picture research or laser mild scattering, to spectroscopy, ap­ plied, in several time domain names, to the learn of the first photoreactions, to electro­ body structure, biochemistry or molecular biology, with the purpose of studying a few of the steps of the transduction chains and the way they keep watch over the motor gear of the cells. The organisms studied lined a variety, from micro organism to algae, fungi and different eukaryotes. therefore, the ASI represented a profitable chance for sporting on and imple­ menting an interdisciplinary method of the examine of the biophysical foundation of photore­ ception and photosensory transduction in aneural organisms, with particular consciousness to the elemental phenomena and the underlying molecular occasions. we are hoping that this ebook has stuck the spirit within which the ASI was once conceived.

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