accessory pigments


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accessory pigments

[ak¦ses·ə·rē ′pig·məns]
(biochemistry)
Light-absorbing pigments, including carotenoids and phycobilins, which complement chlorophyll in plants, algae, and bacteria by trapping light energy for photosynthesis.
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In order to react to photosynthetic pigments damage, anthocyanins and flavonoids that act as accessory pigments protect the plant from the stress by removing reactive oxygen species [5].
Under drought stress Carotenoids are reduced and are not able to function as accessory pigments.
To cope with widely fluctuating light levels, many phytoplankton have certain red accessory pigments called xanthophylls that act like gatekeepers.
Thus, it becomes necessary to study the effects that the light intensity can bring about, changes on the cyanobacterial light harvesting accessory pigments.