Variations in biochemical parameters of Heterocapsa sp. and Olithodiscus luteus grown in 12:12 light:dark cycles. II. Changes in pigment composition

Institut Ciències del Mar
Hydrobiologia (Impact Factor: 2.28). 07/1992; 238(1):149-157. DOI: 10.1007/BF00048783


Photosynthetic pigment composition was studied in batch cultures of Heterocapsa sp. and Olisthodiscus luteus growing exponentially in a 12:12 light:dark cycle. Both species divided in the dark. The synthesis of pigments was continuous for both species. However for chlorophyll c and peridinin, in Heterocapsa sp., and chlorophyll c and fucoxanthin, in O. luteus, (pigments belonging to light harvesting complexes) the synthesis was significantly higher during the light period. Concentrations per total cell volume (TCV) of chlorophyll a, chlorophyll c, peridinin and diadinoxanthin in Heterocapsa sp., and chlorophyll a, chlorophyll c, fucoxanthin and violaxanthin in O. luteus, showed a maximum at the onset of light and decreased during the light period. The values of the chlorophyll a:chlorophyll c, chlorophyll a:peridinin and chlorophyll a:fucoxanthin ratios are compared with data reported in the literature.

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