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Light-harvesting Complex

  1. Neil W Isaacs,
  2. Richard J Cogdell

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000663



How to Cite

Isaacs, N. W. and Cogdell, R. J. 2001. Light-harvesting Complex. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


Photosynthesis in purple photosynthetic bacteria takes place in a photosynthetic unit located in the cell membrane. Part of this unit is the light-harvesting complex, an assembly of protein and pigment molecules.


  • light capture;
  • bacterial photosynthesis;
  • integral membrane protein;
  • bacteriochlorophyll;
  • carotenoid