Photosynthetic responses as a function of light and temperature: Field and laboratory studies on marine microalgae
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- Institutt for biologi 
The aim of my thesis is to elucidate the different pathways of light in the marine environment, from underwater irradiance to the absorption of photons in microalgae. The pathway is followed through light harvesting and the subsequent electron transfer, to the fuelling of the photosynthetic process (Fig. 1.1, Papers 1, 2 & 3). In addition, the effect of temperature on photosynthesis and respiration in pelagic and benthic microalgae has been investigated (Papers 3 & 4). A novel approach to estimate the light absorption in Photosystem II (PSII) is evaluated in combination with Pulse Amplitude Modulated (PAM) fluorescence measurements, to calculate the rate of photosynthetic oxygen production (Paper 2). The approach was evaluated against measured rates of oxygen production and 14C-assimilation, as a function of temperature (Papers 2 & 3).