Haematococcus algae, light micrograph

Haematococcus algae, light micrograph

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Credit: WIM VAN EGMOND/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Differential interference contrast (DIC) light micrograph of biflagellated chlorophytes (Haematococcus pluvialis), a type of green algae. These algae turn ponds and bird baths red because they contain a high concentration of the antioxidant astaxanthin, a carotenoid. Magnification: x630 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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