Definition of phycocyanin in English:


Line breaks: phyco|cyan¦in
Pronunciation: /ˌfʌɪkəʊˈsʌɪənɪn


Any of a group of blue photosynthetic pigments present in cyanobacteria.
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  • Aberystwyth researchers hypothesize that evolution has selected for low-histidine and trypotophan content in phycocyanins to reduce electron-transport interference.
  • Sea-dwelling cyanobacteria get their name from the bluish pigment, phycocyanin, which they use to capture light during photosynthesis.
  • These blue-green, one-celled microalgae are rich in carotenoids, including phycocyanin, the pigment that's responsible for spirulina's blue-green tint.

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