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Marine Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 105–112 | Cite as

Variations in pigment contents of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum during growth

  • J. I. Carreto
  • J. A. Catoggio
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Abstract

Changes in the amounts of chlorophyll a, chlorophyll c, fucoxanthin, diadinoxanthin and β-carotene were determined during Phaeodactylum tricornutum growth. The transition of the culture from the logarithmic to the stationary phase is accompanied by an increase in the carotenoids: chlorophyll a ratio, associated with variations in the percentage of individual carotenoids. While fucoxanthin content decreases with the age of the culture, diadinoxanthin content increases and β-carotene remains almost constant. The furanoid isomer of diadinoxanthin, absent during logarithmic growth, appears increasingly during the nutrient-deficient period. Changes in the amounts of chlorophyll a, chlorophyll c and fucoxanthin are quite similar.

Keywords

Chlorophyll Carotenoid Carotene Pigment Content Total Carotenoid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. I. Carreto
    • 1
  • J. A. Catoggio
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Biología MarinaMar del PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Departamento de Química Analítica, Facultad de Ciencias ExactasUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina

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