Optical characteristics of the phototroph Thiocapsa roseopersicina and implications for real-time monitoring of the bacteriochlorophyll concentration

A. Gitelson, R. Stark, I. Dor, O. Michelson, Y. Z. Yacobi

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Optical characteristics of a Thiocapsa roseopersicina culture and environmental samples containing T. roseopersicina were investigated in the spectral range of 400 to 1,100 nm (absorption coefficient, diffuse attenuation coefficient, and reflectance). Specific absorption coefficients of T. roseopersicina at wavelengths of 480, 520, 550, 580, 805, 860, and 880 nm were determined. It is suggested that the optical properties of T. roseopersicina in the near-infrared range of 800 to 930 nm, confirmed in this study, may be used for development of remote sensing techniques for real-time monitoring of T. roseopersicina and other bacteriochlorophyll a-containing microbes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3392-3397
Number of pages6
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology

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