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University of California - Davis

Color in Water: Algae Sense a Wide Spectrum

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Caption: Land plants detect light with pigments called phytochromes, which are sensitive to red light. But red light is absorbed by water, so aquatic algae have evolved phytochromes with a much wider spectrum.

Credit: Video by Andy Fell/UC Davis.

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