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accessory pigment
Any of a variety of light trapping pigments which extend the range of wavelengths for photosynthesis beyond those absorbed by chlorophylls (green coloring matter of leaves and plants which are essential to the production of carbohydrates by photosynthesis).
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accessory pigment
A pigment found in plants, algae, and some bacteria, that absorbs light energy and channels it to the principal active pigment responsible for photosynthesis, usually a type of chlorophyll.
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