||Sven Beer, Mats Bjork, John Beardall
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When we started to write this book, there were already a few excellent textbooks on the market describing photosynthesis in aquatic, including marine, environments. Noteworthy among them are the graduate-level books Aquatic Photosynthesis by our friends and colleagues Paul Falkowski and John Raven and the equally high-level book Light and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Ecosystems by our more recent acquaintance John Kirk. In addition, Anthony Larkum, Susan Douglas and John Raven had edited a multi-authored volume in the series Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration entitled Photosynthesis in Algae. So why, then, yet another book on marine photosynthesis? First, the present text is suitable also for under-graduate level university and college students (BSc and equal levels) of biology or marine sciences, and parts can also be used for high-school science students who wish to brush up on photosynthesis and connect it with marine studies. Secondly, while the previous books describe marine photosynthesis and light as its driving force in great detail, the present book takes a more general look upon our oceans as an important habitat for plant growth (using the broad definition of marine 'plants' as including all photosynthetic organisms in the oceans), and we try in our text to link photosynthesis to the very special and different-from-terrestrial milieus that marine environments provide...