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Photosynth Res. 2018 Aug;137(2):153-159. doi: 10.1007/s11120-018-0488-x. Epub 2018 Feb 16.

Klaus Apel (1942-2017): a pioneer of photosynthesis research.

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Departments of Molecular Biology and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, 1205, Geneva, Switzerland.
Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology and Center of Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Shanghai, 200032, China.
Hegemann Lab, Institute of Biology, Experimental Biophysics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstraße 42, 10115, Berlin, Germany.


We present here a Tribute to Klaus Apel (1942-2017), a photosynthesis pioneer-an authority on plant molecular genetics-in five parts. The first section is a prologue. The second section deals with a chronological discussion of Apel's research life, prepared by the editor Govindjee; it is based on a website article at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) by Patricia Waldron ( ), as approved for use here by Keith C. Hannon and David Stern of BTI. The third section, which focuses on Apel's pioneering work on singlet oxygen-mediated EXECUTER-dependent signaling in plants, is written by two of us (J-DR and CK). The fourth section includes three selected reminiscences, one from BTI and two from ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule). This tribute ends with section five, which is a very brief presentation of Klaus Apel's personal life, by Wiebke Apel.


Chlorophyll synthesis; Light stress; Photoprotection; Photosynthesis; Protochlorophyllide; Reactive oxygen species; Retrograde signaling; Singlet oxygen

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