Explain the function of the accessory pigments?
Accessory pigments absorb colors that chlorophyll A cannot, this enables plants to capture more of the energy in light.
How do accessory pigments differ in function from chlorophyll and how do they affect the appearance of algae and the depths at which algae can grow?
Accessory pigments absorb light at different wavelengths than does chlorophyll. This process tends to increase the range of depths at which algae can grow. For example, the reddish accessory pigments called phycobilins are especially good at absorbing the blue light found at great depths in the sea, allowing the algae that contain them to live in deep water. Because accessory pigments reflect different wavelengths of light than does chlorophyll, they give algae a wide range…