Algal Pigment Systems

  • S. W. Jeffrey
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 19)


One-third of the earth’s crust is occupied by land, and this supports a terrestrial vegetation receiving the full visible range of the sun’s radiation. The other two-thirds of the earth’s surface is occupied by the world’s oceans, and these heavily filter the incident radiation. Even at a few meters’ depth, the absorbing and scattering properties of water profoundly alter the light spectrum and reduce the intensity compared to that at the sea’s surface. As a consequence, aquatic plants have evolved a variety of lightharvesting pigment systems for trapping those portions of the visible spectrum available. In contrast, only one light-harvesting pigment system has become dominant in terrestrial plants.


Brown Seaweed Pigment System East Australian Current Marine Green Alga Warm Core Eddy 
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  • S. W. Jeffrey
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  1. 1.Division of Fisheries and OceanographyCSIROCronullaAustralia

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