Chlorophyll a interference in phycocyanin and allophycocyanin spectrophotometric quantification


The accurate quantification of cyanobacteria phycobiliproteins is an important aspect in various research topics, such as cyanobacteria ecology and physiology studies, and especially to calibrate algorithms used in remote sensing of cyanobacterial blooms. Here we present a spectroscopic approach, exploiting spectrophotometric equations, aimed at improving the phycocyanin and allophycocyanin quantification when chlorophyll a is present in the phycobiliprotein aqueous extract.


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Rosaria Lauceri, National Research Council of Italy, Institute for the Study of Ecosystems

Institute for the Study of Ecosystems


Supporting Agencies
CARIPLO Fundation, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Department of Biology.
Cyanobacteria, phycocyanin, allophycocyanin, chlorophyll a, spectrophotometric equation.
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Lauceri R, Bresciani M, Lami A, Morabito G. Chlorophyll a interference in phycocyanin and allophycocyanin spectrophotometric quantification. jlimnol [Internet]. 28Sep.2017 [cited 31Mar.2020];77(1). Available from: