Proceedings PaperEffect of bacterial colonization on the absorption and fluorescence properties of detrital particulates
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Bacteria, when packed in high cellular concentrations, are able to affect the spectral absorption efficiency of detrital matter. Fluorescence analysis indicated that bacteria can be recognized by their emission properties, when settled on natural organic particulates, such as cellulose or chitin. Similar properties were observed on natural detrital particulates, where their spectral absorption and fluorescence emission appear to be determined by their concentration of residual photosynthetic pigments and bacterial content.