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University of California - Davis

Algae Sense a Wide Spectrum

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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