Capture by aquatic

plants

The collection of light energy for photosynthesis by aquatic plants is, as we have seen, carried out by the photosynthetic pigments. We have already examined the spectral absorption capabilities of each of the different classes of pigment. We shall now consider the light-harvesting properties of the complete photosynthetic system, with particular reference to the dependence of these on the specific combination of pigments present and, in the case of phytoplankton, on the size and shape of the cells or colonies.

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