Pigments Involved in the Photomotion of Microorganisms

  • R. Bensasson

Abstract

Some microorganisms contain specific pigments which capture the energy of light to trigger and modify their locomotion. In these organisms, which are mostly photosynthetic, three different behavior patterns of photomotion can occur: photokinesis, for which the linear velocity of motion is a function of the light intensity, photophobic (or photophobotactic) response, which is a transient change in motion resulting from a temporal change in light intensity, phototaxis (or phototopotaxis) in which the orientation of motion is controlled by the direction of light.

Keywords

Chlorophyll Carotenoid Riboflavin Lycopene Carotene 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Bensasson
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  1. 1.ER 98, Laboratoire de Chimie PhysiqueUniversité de ParisOrsayFrance

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