Photosynthetic pigments - an overview | ScienceDirect …

Photosynthetic pigments are the chemicals which take part in photosynthesis, in particular they are they ones which absorb photons and fluoresce (emit photons of a different wavelength) or emit electrons. Pigments are molecules, and is a key example. These pigments are required for photosynthesis to take place, as they generate the electrons which create the electrochemical gradients which power photosynthesis, thus all photosynthetic organisms will have photosynthetic pigments of some kind.

In this lab a red, green and brown algae will be used to extract the photosynthetic pigments from.

What is the difference between Photosynthetic Pigments and Chloroplasts? I know plants have both but Prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archeae) only have the former.

Photosynthetic Pigments | Carotenoid | Chlorophyll

The presence of chlorophyll, the photosynthetic pigment, in plant cells makes it possible for photosynthesis to take place.


This lesson will examine the two major classes of phototsynthetic pigments, chlorophylls and carotenoids, their biochemical structures and their biosynthesis. The organization of these pigments into photosynthetic pigments, which are protein complexes that harvest light and convert its energy into biochemical energy will be explained.


At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to: