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what photosynthetic pigments are present in euglenophyta?

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aachalgounder | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM via web

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what photosynthetic pigments are present in euglenophyta?

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jerichorayel | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM (Answer #3)

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Euglenophyta are photosynthetic organisms of kingdom Protista which are unicellular aquatic algae. Most of them live in freshwater and motile. The photosynthetic pigments contained inside the organisms are chlorophylls a and b.

Some species are heterotrophic and can ingest or absorb their food. They reproduce via longitudinal cell division.

Chlorophyll a -> blue-green pigment; it is the most common photosynthetic pigment. It is the specific chlorophyll used in oxygenic photosynthesis by eukaryotes, cyanobacteria, plants and prochlorophytes. 

Chlorophyll b -> yellow-green pigment; helps in the photosynthesis by absorbing the light energy. It is the more soluble chlorophyll because of its carbonyl group in its structure.

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aachalgounder | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Euglenophyta is actually a type of algae that is mostly found in the seaward side of the earth therefore, they lack photosynthetic pigments but the ones with chloroplast present have pigments called chlorophyll a and b (common in chlorophyta)...Now if you have been to the coral reef side you would have come across this like alot of times... A very good example is the euglena!!!!!!!!!!!!! taataa...

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sarahharun | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM (Answer #2)

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Member of the Euglenophyta (e.g., Euglena) have the same photosynthetic pigment distribution as members of the Chlorophyta, but their chloroplasts are enclosed by a triple membrane rather than the usual double membrane found in chloroplasts of green algae.

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