One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of red photosynthetic pigments present in red algae and some cyanobacteria.
- ‘However, the induction of phycoerythrin under UV-B stress has also been reported.’
- ‘Red algae are red because of the presence of the pigment phycoerythrin; this pigment reflects red light and absorbs blue light.’
- ‘The vial on the right contains the reddish pigment phycoerythrin, which gives the red algae their common name.’
- ‘Cells were washed with phosphate-buffered saline and incubated with Becton Dickinson cocktails of antibodies conjugated to fluorescein isothiocyanate, phycoerythrin, peridinin chlorophyll protein, or allophycocyanin.’
- ‘However, not all ‘blue-green’ bacteria are blue; some common forms are red or pink from the pigment phycoerythrin.’
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