Workshop 1

Marine Photosynthetic Pigments

November 16, 9h30 – 13h30

Photosynthetic pigments are molecules responsible for light harvesting in phototrophic organisms such as plants and algae. The main light harvesting pigment in oxygenic photosynthesis – chlorophyll a – is complemented by a range of accessory pigments that absorb in different regions of the light spectrum and channel energy to the photosynthetic reaction centers. Major groups of pigments include chlorophylls, carotenoids and phycobilins. The roles and applications of pigment molecules are vast, from light harvesting to photoprotection, from biomarkers to bioactive compounds.

The objective of this workshop is to present an overview on photosynthetic pigment diversity, functions and applications. It is an opportunity for students and researchers to share and discussed their experience and major difficulties in marine photosynthetic pigment analysis, including data analysis, analytical methods, and sample preparation.

Moderators

Dr. Paulo Cartaxana (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

Dr. Francisco Rodríguez (Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Vigo, Spain)