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Algal Pigments

  1. Elisabeth Gantt,
  2. Francis X Cunningham Jr

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000323



How to Cite

Gantt, E. and Cunningham, F. X. 2001. Algal Pigments. eLS.

Author Information

  1. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


A wide variety of pigments in algae allow the absorption of light energy which is then converted to chemical energy in the photosynthetic membranes. Such variety allows them to adapt successfully to environments of differing light conditions.


  • algal pigments;
  • photosynthesis;
  • endosymbiosis;
  • light adaptation;
  • photosynthetic light-harvesting systems