Advantages and disadvantages on photosynthesis measurement techniques: A review

  • JR Millan-Almaraz
  • RG Guevara-Gonzalez
  • R Romero- Troncoso
  • RA Osornio-Rios
  • I Torres-Pacheco
Keywords: Photosynthesis measurement, gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, phytomonitoring


Through photosynthesis, green plants and cyanobacteria are able to transfer sunlight energy to molecular reaction centers for conversion into chemical energy with nearly 100% efficiency. Speed is the key as the transfer of the solar energy takes place almost instantaneously such that little energy is wasted as heat. How photosynthesis achieves this near instantaneous energy transfer is a longstanding mystery that may have finally been solved. Measurements of this process are useful in order to understand how it might be controlled and how the phytomonitoring of plant development to increase productivity can be carried out. Techniques in this sense have evolved and nowadays several have been used for this purpose. Thus, the aim of this paper is to present a review of the various methods and principles that have been used in measuring photosynthesis presenting the advantages and disadvantages of various existing measurement methodologies in order to recommend the most appropriate method according to the needs of specific investigations.

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