photosynthetic pigments

Photosynthetic pigments are a plant's pigments responsible for the capture of light during the light reactions of photosynthesis. The three main types of photosynthetic pigments are the chlorophylls, the carotenoids, and the phycobilins. Since each pigment reacts with only a narrow range of the spectrum, there is usually a need to produce several kinds of pigments, each of a different color, to capture more of the Sun's energy.