There are three different pigments that are responsible for photosynthesis in plants. These are chlorophyll, grana, and phycocyanin, each of which are distinct and separate.
The research on how different pigments work and how they interact is in its own right an enormous subject that is only beginning to be understood. But I have a few suggestions for you.
I like to keep my photosynthesizers simple, in that I only use one pigment at a time, so I use the orange/white pigment chlorophyll. Because this pigment is also responsible for photosynthesis, it is also called the “primary” pigment. It is the most abundant in plants, making up up to 70% of the leaf.
Oranges and reds are the dominant pigment in plants. There are many kinds of plants, but any plant that can produce fruit and produce chlorophyll will be a red (green) plant. Red and orange trees produce orange leaves that produce chlorophyll and red berries that produce chlorophyll.
So which pigments are effective for photosynthesis? I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty sure you can use the same pigments in all photosynthetic systems and not be harmed. In fact, the pigments in photosynthesis are very similar to those in chlorophyll that makes plants green. The difference is that chlorophyll is a single protein and doesn’t combine with light to make ATP.
According to the University of Texas-Austin, pigments in photosynthesis are the same in all photosynthetic systems. Their name for them, bioluminescent pigments, is the same as in chlorophyll.
There are many other things that pigments could be used for besides photosynthesis, but it’s safe to say that it’s unlikely that any organism would make its own pigments unless it had a very specific need. Some organisms do make their own pigments, but they are usually used for defense or camouflage.
These days, pigments are used in a variety of applications. Their main function is to give light to the plants, which results in the plants using them to make photosynthesis. The reason light is produced from pigments is because they absorb light. As our bodies absorb light through our skin and eyes, the light that reaches our eyes is converted into electricity.
In a sense, we’re still using pigments to give light to the plants. However, there are other ways in which the pigments are used that are less harmful to the plants. These are the so called “green” pigments or the pigments that show green shades. These pigments include green tea, ceviche, and even green tea bags.
The second reason why pigments are important is that they are the source of color in photosynthesis. A green pigmented plant takes in the light and converts it into carbon dioxide and water. These carbon dioxide and water build up into soil, which then provides food for the plant. Another way to view photosynthesis is that it’s a chemical reaction that takes place in the plant’s chlorophyll (leaf green color).