Fluorescent pigments in corals are photoprotective

  title={Fluorescent pigments in corals are photoprotective},
  author={A. Salih and A. Larkum and G. Cox and M. Kühl and O. Hoegh-Guldberg},
  • A. Salih, A. Larkum, +2 authors O. Hoegh-Guldberg
  • Published 2000
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • All reef-forming corals depend on the photosynthesis performed by their algal symbiont, and such corals are therefore restricted to the photic zone. The intensity of light in this zone declines over several orders of magnitude—from high and damaging levels at the surface to extreme shade conditions at the lower limit. The ability of corals to tolerate this range implies effective mechanisms for light acclimation and adaptation. Here we show that the fluorescent pigments (FPs) of corals provide… CONTINUE READING
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