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Title: Phytochrome diversification in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae

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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
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Current Opinion in Plant Biology
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Journal Volume: 37; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-01-16 13:31:59; Journal ID: ISSN 1369-5266
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United Kingdom

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Rockwell, Nathan C., and Lagarias, J. Clark. Phytochrome diversification in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae. United Kingdom: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2017.04.003.
Rockwell, Nathan C., & Lagarias, J. Clark. Phytochrome diversification in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae. United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2017.04.003.
Rockwell, Nathan C., and Lagarias, J. Clark. Thu . "Phytochrome diversification in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae". United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2017.04.003.
title = {Phytochrome diversification in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae},
author = {Rockwell, Nathan C. and Lagarias, J. Clark},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1016/j.pbi.2017.04.003},
journal = {Current Opinion in Plant Biology},
number = C,
volume = 37,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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  • We assess the measurement of hyperspectral reflectance for the outdoor monitoring of green algae and cyanobacteria cultures with a multi-channel, fiber-coupled spectroradiometer. Reflectance data acquired over a four-week period are interpreted via numerical inversion of a reflectance model, in which the above-water reflectance is expressed as a quadratic function of the single backscattering albedo, dependent on the absorption and backscatter coefficients. The absorption coefficient is treated as the sum of component spectra consisting of the cultured species (green algae or cyanobacteria), dissolved organic matter, and water (including the temperature dependence of the water absorption spectrum). The backscatter coefficient is approximatedmore » as the scaled Hilbert transform of the culture absorption spectrum with a wavelength-independent vertical offset. Additional terms in the reflectance model account for the pigment fluorescence features and the water surface reflection of sunlight and skylight. For both the green algae and cyanobacteria, the wavelength-independent vertical offset of the backscatter coefficient is found to scale linearly with daily dry weight measurements, providing the capability for a non-sampling measurement of biomass in outdoor ponds. Other fitting parameters in the reflectance model are compared to auxiliary measurements and physics-based calculations. The magnitudes of the sunlight and skylight water-surface contributions derived from the reflectance model compare favorably with Fresnel reflectance calculations, while the reflectance-derived quantum efficiency of Chl-a fluorescence is found to be in agreement with literature values. To conlclude, the water temperature derived from the reflectance model exhibits excellent agreement with thermocouple measurements during the morning hours and highlights significantly elevated temperatures in the afternoon hours.« less