Definitions for yellow-green algae
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
algae of the phylum Chrysophyta, having mostly yellow and green pigments, occurring in soil, on moist rocks and vegetation, and on ponds and stagnant waters.
Category: Microbiology, Biology
Origin of yellow-green algae:
any alga of the division Chrysophyta with its chlorophyll masked by yellow pigment
Yellow-green algae or xanthophytes are an important group of heterokont algae. Most live in freshwater, but some are found in marine and soil habitats. They vary from single-celled flagellates to simple colonial and filamentous forms. Xanthophyte chloroplasts contain the photosynthetic pigments Chlorophyll a, Chlorophyll c, β-Carotene, and the carotenoid diadinoxanthin. Unlike other heterokonts, their chloroplasts do not contain fucoxanthin, which accounts for their lighter colour. Its storage polysaccharide is chrysolaminarin. Xanthophyte cell walls are produced of cellulose and hemicellulose. They appear to be the closest relatives of the brown algae.
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