accessory pigment

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A photosynthetic pigment that traps light energy and channels it to chlorophyll a, the primary pigment, which initiates the reactions of photosynthesis. Accessory pigments include the carotenoids, phycobiliproteins, and chlorophylls b, c, and d.

Subjects: Chemistry — Biological Sciences.

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