One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of blue photosynthetic pigments present in cyanobacteria.
- ‘The time-course of the changes in the chlorophyll and phycocyanin contents was also followed.’
- ‘Sea-dwelling cyanobacteria get their name from the bluish pigment, phycocyanin, which they use to capture light during photosynthesis.’
- ‘Aberystwyth researchers hypothesize that evolution has selected for low-histidine and trypotophan content in phycocyanins to reduce electron-transport interference.’
- ‘These blue-green, one-celled microalgae are rich in carotenoids, including phycocyanin, the pigment that's responsible for spirulina's blue-green tint.’
- ‘The vial on the left contains the bluish pigment phycocyanin, which gives the Cyanobacteria their name.’
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