Contact: Andy Fell
University of California - Davis
Caption: Algae like these freshwater Cyanophora are able to sense a wider spectrum of light than land plants. Plants use phytochrome pigments to sense light in the red. Because water absorbs red light, some algae have evolved phytochromes with a much wider spectrum.
Credit: J. Clark Lagarias, UC Davis
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