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Chromatic adaptation in marine Synechococcus strains.

Abstract

Characterization of two genetically distinct groups of marine Synechococcus sp. strains shows that one, but not the other, increases its phycourobilin/phycoerythrobilin chromophore ratio when growing in blue light. This ability of at least some marine Synechococcus strains to chromatically adapt may help explain their greater abundance in particular ocean environments than cyanobacteria of the genus Prochlorococcus.

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    Palenik B

    Institution

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093-0202, USA. bpalenik@ucsd.edu

    Source

    Applied and environmental microbiology 67:2 2001 Feb pg 991-4

    MeSH

    Adaptation, Physiological
    Cyanobacteria
    Light
    Phycobilins
    Phycoerythrin
    Pyrroles
    Seawater
    Tetrapyrroles
    Urobilin

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    11157276