Cyanobacteria photosynthesis

Cyanobacteria photosynthesis

Cartoon demonstrating cyanobacteria photosynthesis

When cyanobacteria live in low-light conditions, such as beneath a pond surface or under the leaf litter on a forest floor, some are able to switch from using the visible light that is most conducive to their growth and photosynthetic activities to harvesting the weaker, far-red sunlight that filters down to them.

IMAGE: Shireen Dooling, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University