A 'misplaced chapter' in the history of photosynthesis research; the second publication (1796) on plant processes by Dr Jan Ingen-Housz, MD, discoverer of photosynthesis

  title={A 'misplaced chapter' in the history of photosynthesis research; the second publication (1796) on plant processes by Dr Jan Ingen-Housz, MD, discoverer of photosynthesis},
  author={Howard Gest},
  journal={Photosynthesis Research},
  • H. Gest
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Environmental Science
  • Photosynthesis Research
In 1779, the Dutch physician Jan Ingen-Housz (1730–1799) obtained a leave-of-absence from his post as Court Physician to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in order to do research (in England) on plants during the summer months. He performed more than 500 experiments, and described the results in his exceptional book Experiments Upon Vegetables (1779). In addition to proving the requirement for light in photosynthesis, Ingen-Housz established that leaves were the primary sites of the… 

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  • H. Gest
  • Environmental Science
    Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2005
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  • H. Gest
  • Chemistry
    Photosynthesis Research
  • 2004
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  • H. Gest
  • Environmental Science
    Photosynthesis Research
  • 2004
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  • H. Gest
  • Environmental Science
    Perspectives in biology and medicine
  • 1994
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  • P. Smit
  • Art, Medicine
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