Summary: Cultures of PAO grown under uninterrupted broad-spectrum light showed different pigmentation from dark-grown cultures. Whereas dark-grown bacteria produced pigments which resulted in blue-purple coloured agar, light-grown organisms produced red coloured plates. Extraction and quantification of pigments showed that both dark- and light-grown cultures produced similar concentrations of pyorubrin (red) and pyoverdin (yellow). In contrast, the concentration of pyocyanin (blue) was substantially reduced under certain lighting conditions. This decrease was dependent on both the light intensity and wavelength and occurred with light in the ultraviolet and violet region of the spectrum. After its release from bacteria, pyocyanin was rapidly and non-reversibly photoinactivated with first-order kinetics to produce colourless photoproduct(s).


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